They were just teenagers when they first met. But 70 years on, this couple’s love has gone the distance.
Ruby and Ron Brewer have just celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary surrounded by their loving family and friends.
The couple, from Copnor, both grew up in Portsmouth and can thank their local church for bringing them together in the first place.
Ruby and Ron were both very involved with activities at St Mary’s Church, in Fratton Road, from a young age and their friendship blossomed into a romance.
And on January 22 1942, Ruby walked down the church’s famously long aisle so that she and Ron could be married.
‘We got together from just being at the church and joining in with things,’ remembers Ruby, now 89.
‘We were only young teenagers.’
The country was still in the grips of the Second World War and Ron was in the army while Ruby was a Wren.
They had to arrange their wedding for when they could and then both returned to their duties.
Dunkirk veteran Ron is now 91 and the couple still attend St Mary’s Church when they can.
After the birth of their two sons Terry and Peter, they used to help run the church youth club.
Ron was even granted the honour of receiving Maundy money from the Queen one year, thanks to his involvement with the church.
As well as their two sons, they have five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
They marked their anniversary with a surprise party at Terry’s home.
‘We didn’t know anything about it,’ says Ruby. ‘They arranged for a lot of people to come, people we haven’t seen for years. It really was a lovely surprise.’
Ruby adds: ‘We’ve taken each day and each year as it’s come. We’ve been extremely lucky.’