65 years of hap­pi­ness for un­likely pair

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By El­iz­a­beth Archer

An un­likely cou­ple from Hal­i­fax cel­e­brated their 65th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Sun­day hav­ing tri­umphed against the odds. Bill Chan­dler was in the Royal Engi­neers in 1948 when he met Ger­man-born Ruth, an in­ter­preter and tele­phon­ist.

The cou­ple liked each other in­stantly when they met at the cin­ema on a blind date set up by friends.

Mrs Chan­dler said: “I saw him and I liked him. He was clean and po­lite.”

How­ever, the Royal Engi­neers were none too pleased about the match.

Mrs Chan­dler said: “We were two years en­gaged be­cause the forces didn’t ap­prove. We stuck to it but ev­ery time he put in an ap­pli­ca­tion to get mar­ried he was posted some­where else.

“They never trusted Ger­man girls af­ter the war, but ei­ther you want to marry him or you don’t.”

Af­ter mov­ing around the world to sup­port Bill’s ca­reer, the cou­ple fi­nally wed in Han­nover, Ger­many, on Au­gust 23, 1950.

Mr Chan­dler said: “We’ve been very happy. We’ve al­ways been to­gether. The only time I’ve been sep­a­rated from my wife was when I went to Korea in 1954.”

Since then, the cou­ple have lived all over the world, in­clud­ing in Ber­lin dur­ing the time the wall was built.

Mrs Chan­dler said: “We lived out of a suit­case for quite a while. It was a very try­ing time.”

The cou­ple moved to Hal­i­fax in 1971 when Bill left the forces and have lived here ever since. They have two daugh­ters, Yvonne and Jac­que­line, four grand­chil­dren, Richard, Nicky, Phillipa and Joanna, and one great-grand­daugh­ter, Scar­lett.

Ruth will be 90 next year and Bill is 86. She said: “They keep telling me that I’ve got a toy boy!”

The fam­ily had a low-key cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day with their eldest daugh­ter Yvonne.

Ruth and Bill say they’ve al­ways been happy

Af­ter years of per­se­ver­ance, the pair fi­nally tied the knot in Au­gust 1950

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