Couple’s wartime love has endured for 70 years
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.”
●● Gina and Peter Davies are celebrating 70 years of marriage
●● The couple on their wedding day in 1945