Plat­inum cou­ple met on blind date

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ET Business Daily -

A COU­PLE cel­e­brat­ing their plat­inum wed­ding an­niver­sary proved love is blind af­ter fall­ing for one an­other on a mys­tery date.

When Bert and Gla­dys Forster, from Dogsthorpe, Peter­bor­ough, first met each other more than 70 years ago they knew it was love and they would be to­gether for­ever.

They cel­e­brated their mile­stone 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary last week with a fam­ily bar­be­cue, while they rem­i­nisced over their first blind date at a London cin­ema.

It was not long af­ter that meet­ing that Bert (90) went off to fight in the Sec­ond World War as a cor­po­ral in the 457th bomb group.

But be­fore he left, Bert mar­ried Gla­dys at a small cer­e­mony in London on June 1, 1940. When he re­turned, they had a son, Gary (48) and seven grand­chil­dren with Bert work­ing as a plumber by trade while Gla­dys worked in a laun­derette.

When the cou­ple re­tired they set­tled in Newhaven be­fore mov­ing in with their fam­ily in Peter­bor­ough when Gla­dys was di­ag­nosed with dementia.

Their daugh­ter-in-law to be, Caro­line McGrath said: “They have their mo­ments where they might dis­agree or ar­gue but they wouldn’t be with­out each other.

“They are in­sep­a­ra­ble. They adore each other and would do any­thing for one an­other.

“The bar­be­cue was bril­liant.”

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