Gosport couple celebrate anniversary with trip on the Orient Express

Evelyn and Freddie Love
Evelyn and Freddie Love

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A sudden army posting only gave Evelyn and Freddie Love four days to plan their wedding.

The couple, from Gosport, leapt into action when Freddie was told he’d be going to east Africa.

Evelyn and Freddie Love

Evelyn and Freddie Love

They were married at the Little Church in Alverstoke on December 13, 1951.

Freddie sailed for Kenya just two days later, leaving Evelyn to return to her job as a typist at HMS Collingwood. When Freddie turned 25, Evelyn was allowed to accompany him on postings and they spent many years in Germany and lived in Singapore twice.

They have three daughters, Jane, Susan and Deborah, plus six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two more on the way.

Freddie retired from the army at the age of 49 and joined BAE. That took the couple to Saudia Arabia and they lived there for 11 years. During that time Evelyn was presented with the Desert Shield-Desert Storm medal by the Americans for being there during the first Gulf War.

They retired to their home in Gosport at 60. Freddie bought a boat while Evelyn became a member of the Lee-on-the-Solent Women’s Institute.

For the past 20 years she has been a voluntary worker for Cancer Research UK and prior to its closure was a guide at Royal Hospital Haslar.

Family and friends will celebrate their anniversary with them today at the Alverbank Hotel in Gosport. In the summer they plan to take a trip on the Orient Express.