Gittisham couple celebrate 75 years of marriage

PUBLISHED: 13:26 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 22 February 2016

Don and Dorrie Streeton celebrate 75 years of being together with a cake.

Don and Dorrie Streeton celebrate 75 years of being together with a cake.

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Donald and Dorothy Streeton - known as Don and Dorrie - celebrated their anniversary on Tuesday, February 16.

A Gittisham couple celebrated their wedding anniversary last week after having been married for 75 years.

Donald and Dorothy Streeton - known as Don and Dorrie - celebrated their anniversary on Tuesday, February 16.

The couple, who are both 96 years old, met after they were introduced by Don’s cousin at a cricket match that Don was playing in.

Dorrie thought he was ‘quite a looker’, and they enjoyed their first date on Friday, January 13, 1940.

Don took Dorrie to the Savoy Cinema in Leyton, London, where they both lived.

They were engaged later that year after Don told Dorrie that if she wanted to get married, she would have to travel up to Newcastle, where he was billeted before he went abroad.

The couple were married the following year shortly before Don was posted abroad with the army in World War Two.

The wedding was a small affair with ten of Don’s friends in attendance, but none of Dorrie’s as it was so far from home.

There was no wedding cake or wedding breakfast.

Don went back to his billet for lunch and Dorrie went back to her lodgings.

They did spend the afternoon together and had high tea supplied by Dorrie’s landlady.

Don went off to war and the couple did not see each other for four years.

The only way of communication was by letter and Dorrie wrote to Don every day sending photographs when possible.

They originally lived in Leyton, London before moving to Ilford with their two daughters as their family grew.

They moved to Frinton-on-Sea, after spending many happy family holidays there, before moving down to the South West. The couple have five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Don says the secret to their long marriage has been his selective hearing, while Dorrie puts it down to never rowing.

Their advice to newly married couples would be to learn to give and take, both have the right to their own opinion and not to give up too easily.

Don and Dorrie’s celebrations have been spread over the last week with members of their family visiting from different locations and as far afield as Edinburgh.

One of the highlights was receiving a card from the Queen.


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