A COUPLE who met at an RAF station dance in 1945 celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this week.
Trevor and Jean Jones, who met in Lincolnshire where Trevor was completing his national service, will mark their platinum anniversary on December 22.
They married in 1950 in Jean’s hometown of Maybole in Ayrshire, Scotland – they were due to marry the day before but had to delay it after Trevor went down with appendicitis.
The platinum coupled had one child, Anne, four years later and moved to a house in Solihull town centre in October 1969 and have lived there every since.
Trevor, now 92, worked for Birmingham City Council from the age of 17 until he retired.
He last worked for the public works department at Baskerville House on Broad Street.
Jean was a secretary with a local estate agent and then an accountants.
During the war Jean, now 97, served at RAF Lincolnshire and helped bring the planes in to land.
Her grand-daughter Claire said: “Granny often refers to one day when she was on the runway doing another job and a plane started coming in and she had to pedal like mad to get out the way.”
Over the years the couple spent much time on holiday in Scotland where Jean grew up.
Jean was the founder president of the Solihull Innerwheel and Trevor was the second president at the Solihull St Alphege Rotary Club.
Through Rotary the couple went to conventions in Sweden and took donated items to children in Romania.
The couple also have a grandson, Alastair.
Claire said: “As our small family, and extended family (including Grandpa’s sister in Kent) and all their nieces, nephews and cousins across the country, they are a fine example of a long and happy marriage.
“We send them all our congratulations and love on this very very special achievement.
“And we look forward to presenting them with their special card from the Queen.”
Trevor has asked for the lights at St Alphege Church to be lit up on December 22 as a dedication to his wife to celebrate their anniversary.