VICTOR Day found his bride Susannah in the chaos of the war years - and more than six decades later they are celebrating a lifetime together.
The couple from Goodison Rise, Stannington marked their 65th anniversary surrounded by family and friends, including their two children and two grandchildren.
Victor, now aged 92, was preparing for his part in one of the most momentous events in the history of Britain when he met Susannah, now 85.
Then a lad of 25 from South East London, he was training for the D-Day landings.
Victor said: “We were taken up to Yorkshire to do our wading exercises in Hull and Scarborough. That’s when I met Sue, who was a Yorkshire lass and lived in Beverley.
“We kept in touch during all the hostilities and after the war I came back to Beverley and we tied the knot.”
The couple moved to London, where Victor got a job working for a manufacturing firm and later they moved to Coleraine, County Derry when he was asked to run the company’s new works in Northern Ireland.
The young couple became a family when son Graham arrived, followed three years later by daughter Jacqueline.
Eventually they moved back to England, living in Leek, near Stoke-on-Trent.
“It was in Stoke that Jacqueline met a Sheffield lad, John Beetson,” said Victor.
Jacqueline and John were married and moved to Sheffield, and had two daughters of their own, Janine, now 24, and Johanna, 20.
“In 1985 we moved to Sheffield to be nearer to them and to help out, and we have been here since.”
Victor and Susannah celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a meal at the Dore Grill.
“It was a brilliant day, it went very well and it was lovely to be surrounded by the family, who organised it all,” Victor said.
“How we have achieved 65 years of marriage is the million-dollar question.
“It is quite a mystery even to us.
“I think we take everything in moderation, we live reasonably without excess. I think that’s the secret.”