Cou­ple’s wartime love has en­dured for 70 years

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

ACOU­PLE cel­e­brat­ing their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary have spo­ken of their en­dur­ing love af­fair.

Peter and Gina Davies, from Bolling­ton, met at a train sta­tion dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Love-struck Peter pro­posed within min­utes of their first con­ver­sa­tion.

But Gina re­fused and made him earn her hand over the fol­low­ing year.

De­spite the ups and downs of mar­ried life Peter and Gina’s mu­tual ado­ra­tion has kept them to­gether.

On Tues­day, July 21, the cou­ple will mark their plat­inum wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Dur­ing the war Peter was as­signed to a glider pi­lot reg­i­ment while Gina worked with a radar unit.

They were both on leave head­ing by train to Lon­don.

Peter, 92, said: “I took one look at her and knew that was the girl I would marry. At the time I was on li­ai­son to the Amer­i­can air force. I had some Her­shey’s Amer­i­can cho­co­late and fed Gina on the train. You could say I wooed her with cho­co­late.

“I pro­posed to her and was deadly se­ri­ous but she thought I was jok­ing. I didn’t take no for an an­swer. I hazed her ev­ery chance I got for 10 months un­til she fi­nally said yes.”

Gina, 93, said: “Peter was very dash­ing. My par­ents weren’t so sure of him at first but he was at my door ev­ery time he got leave. Even­tu­ally he won us all over.”

But the wed­ding al­most didn’t hap­pen be­cause four months be­fore their big day Peter’s glider was shot down and crashed be­hind en­emy lines. While many of his friends died, Peter es­caped and got home.

Af­ter the war Peter’s army ca­reer took Gina and their chil­dren, Les­lie and Linda, all over the UK un­til they set­tled in Bol- ling­ton in the late 1970s.

Peter served on Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil and the for­mer Mac­cles­field Bor- ough Coun­cil, and was mayor of each. Mean­while Gina was a keen mem­ber of the Women’s In­sti­tute (WI) and served as the chair­man of the Mac­cles­field group of WIs.

The great-grand­par­ents both said the key to a long mar­riage is give and take.

Gina said: “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs but al­ways come out on top. We ar­gue like bil­lyo but we al­ways clear the air and have a good laugh af­ter­wards.”

When asked what gift Peter would be buy­ing Gina, Peter cheek­ily replied: “She has the great­est thing there is: me. But jok­ing aside, Gina is my best friend.”

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Gina and Peter Davies are cel­e­brat­ing 70 years of mar­riage

●● The cou­ple on their wed­ding day in 1945

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