THE bonds of love are still strong between a Thatcham couple who celebrated 70 years of marriage recently.
On March 28, 1945, when Douglas and Brownie Marsden tied the knot, British troops had liberated Mandalayin Burma and Sylvester the cartoon cat made his debut in Life with Feathers.
The couple met after locking eyes at an American Army social dance night in Bucklebury in 1944. At the time Mr Marsden, from Huddersfield in Yorkshire, was serving in the Army Catering Corps. His future wife, from Cold Ash, worked at the naval stores depot at Brimpton.
But six months after their wedding on what the couple described as a beautiful March day, Mr Marsden was deployed to Malta; and the newlyweds did not see each other for the next three years, with Mrs Marsden, moving up to Yorkshire to live with her husband’s family.
When he finally returned to England in 1948, Mr Marsden recalled how his wife jumped down five steps and rushed to the taxi – only to end up kissing the driver by mistake in the dark.
Mr Mardsen worked for Curry’s for 10 years before leaving to work for the Co-op, where he ended up as a national manager and the couple lived and worked around the country before returning to Mrs Marsden’s native West Berkshire on their retirement.
Now aged 93 and 87, the couple keep up-to-date with technology and use Skype on their iPad to keep in touch with their daughter Annette, who lives in Washington DC.
And in their 70 years of marriage Mr and Mrs Marsden said that the birth of their only child was the happiest moment.
Unprompted, Mrs Marsden said: “I love him as much as I did when I married him.”
Mr Marsden added: “We still care for each other. I think our love is still as strong,” after joking that he was thinking about a divorce.
Mr and Mrs Marsden celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary with a meal at The Castle at Cold Ash.