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'Plane' sailing ever since Spitfire meeting

A STRATFORD couple who met whilst building Spitfires in the Second World War, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last week.

Nancy and Archie Edwin, 94 and 97, began their high-flying romance after meeting on the aircraft production line in Castle Bromwich in 1941.

Nancy, said: “It was hard stressful work on the production line, working night and day. I fell for Archie straight away, it was love at first sight for me, I think it took him a little longer.”

They married in 1943 just seven days before Archie was sent to Burma with the army, a posting from which he would not return until 1947. The couple have two sons Robert and John and went on to start a successful women’s fashion and sewing machine business in Warwick called Owens.

Asked what the secret to a long happy marriage was, Nancy said: “I’ve never looked at another man, I suppose that’s the secret to it.”

Archie added: “We’ve pulled through everything together and we also have plenty of our own interests to keep us busy, we don’t really have the time to fall out.”

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