Sheffield couple celebrate 70 years of happiness together

Sheila and Ernest Longden from Gleadless who are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary on 11th September 2013
Sheila and Ernest Longden from Gleadless who are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary on 11th September 2013
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A lot of give and take and seeing each other’s point of view are the secrets to 70 years of happy marriage.

Ernest Longden, aged 92, and wife Sheila, 90, of Gleadless, got married on September 11, 1943.

They celebrated their platinum anniversary with a party at their son’s house for family and friends.

Sheila said: “We’ve had a very happy marriage. There’s been a lot of give and take and trying to see each other’s point of view.”

The couple have lived in Sheffield their whole lives.

Sheila said: “Ernest had five years service in the RAF, but he still considered Sheffield his home.”

But the pair have still managed to see their fair share of the world, enjoying many foreign trips.

Ernest said: “We’ve been travelling a lot.

“We’ve been cruising and have been to most places. Well, not Australia or New Zealand but a lot of places in between. Alaska, Hawaii, North America, India.”

The couple still like to keep active and visit the city centre and still enjoy walking.

Sheila said the highlight of their marriage was their two children, David and Julie.”

They also have three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The couple met in Sheffield when family friends were visiting Sheila’s house and their son brought Ernest along with him. The two chatted and got along well.

The family and Ernest visited again, before Ernest came to see Sheila by himself and the pair went out.

Sheila recalled: “Oh it was very formal, nothing exceptional.”

But the couple will not be exchanging gifts to mark the happy occasion.

Sheila said: “We won’t be getting each other presents for our anniversary, as we only buy things when we need them.”

The couple received a card from the Queen on their diamond anniversary.

Sheila added: “We’ve just had a really happy marriage.”