There was love in the air at a Sanctuary Care home in London when happy couple Cecil and Gladys Juniper celebrated their 70 years of wedded bliss.
Cecil, who is 92 and Gladys, 90, hosted a party for fellow residents at Time Court Residential and Nursing Home today (5 January) in Charlton, friends and family to celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary.
True love is all your need!
Sharing his secret to having such a happy and successful marriage Cecil said: “It’s simple, it’s true love and that’s all you need!”
Pinpointing what attracted him to Gladys he added: “Many things attracted me to my Gladys, we both believe that fate brought us together.”
Finding love at Co-op
The devoted couple first crossed paths when they were both working in their local Co-operative Food store in Mottingham, London.
Young Gladys, who was working as a shop assistant at the time met Cecil, who was the store’s butcher boy, while he was delivering meat to local families.
Instantly hitting it off, it didn’t take long until the pair became more than just colleagues and started courting.
Cecil remembers: “We had a lovely time courting, I can remember dates at the Odeon cinema in Well Hall Road – it was a very special time.”
Penning a letter of proposal…
After some years courting Cecil proposed by letter, which he penned while on board a ship in the Indian Ocean. On his return, the young couple said ‘I do’ during a beautiful service on Saturday 5 January 1946 at Mottingham Village Church. Skipping the traditional honeymoon, they opted for a large family party which was hosted by Gladys’ parents.
After 11 months of marriage their first child Roy was born. Born during the air raids, the young family moved to Loughborough to avoid further attacks in the city. Almost six years later Cecil and Gladys had their second son Colin.
Good manners and few arguments!
Describing what they love the most about each other Cecil said: “We both have good manners and neither of us are argumentative, we’ve both just got on very easily and that’s what made it work so well for us.”
A true example of devotion
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Mary Johnson said: “Cecil and Gladys are such a close and loving couple and a true example of devotion.
“They are so completely dedicated to one another, they look at each other with true love in their eyes – it’s clear they adore one another.”