Bernard and Irene Jordan are celebrating a wedding anniversary that most people can only dream of – the happy couple have been together 70 years.
They will be celebrating their platinum anniversary tomorrow as they were married on September 26, 1942.
The couple were married in war-torn North London in the heart of the Blitz and had a bomb scare the night after they wed
Irene, 93, says: ‘It was a very hard and difficult time for everyone. It was pretty rough, so we didn’t have a honeymoon or anything. But it was lovely to get married.’
Bernard, now 92, was due to join the RAF two weeks after they were married. He went on to fly Lancaster aircraft for four years during the Second World War.
Although he was based in Canada, he was allowed trips back to visit.
Irene and Bernard first met a couple of years before they married, when they worked for the same electronics company. Bernard was an apprentice and Irene was an engraver.
The company would throw dances for employees and they were regularly paired up together.
Irene says: ‘To be honest I think we first saw each other as just work colleagues, but it developed into something else.’
After the war the couple moved to Scotland for around 30 years before coming down to the Portsmouth area as they both had family here.
Now living in Waterlooville, they have two children, Tony and Julie, who were born in 1946 and 1950 respectively.
They also have four grandchildren Gillian, Martin, Gregg and Wendy, and four great-grandchildren Melanie, Evie, Sam and Bobby.
To celebrate their landmark anniversary, the family threw them a big party at home with lots of food and cakes.
The family will also be going to Bernard and Irene’s house tomorrow to celebrate their special anniversary.
Irene says: ‘We really have made it to 70 years.
‘It’s important never to go to sleep on an argument and we’ve always got along just fine.
‘It’s been a long time and we’re older now, but we’re both capable and can look after ourselves.’