05:07AM, Saturday 10 August 2013
When a young girl's brother brought a friend home from the war, she could never have known it would begin a love story now more than 70 years old.
Leonard and Daphne Day, from Maidenhead, celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on Wednesday last week, marking another impressive milestone in a romance which began during the Second World War.
"Me and Daphne’s brother were best mates and we served in the army together," said Leonard, now 92.
"He took me home to his parents house one day and that was it. I was 18 and she was 16. She was standing across the table from me and I knew I loved her right then."
After dating for two years, the couple married on July 31, 1943. They had two children, Wendy and Peter, and their family now spans five generations.
After the war, decorated solider Leonard worked as a Rolls Royce and Bentley engineer and Daphne, who will turn 90 this year, worked as a floor lady at SmithKline Beecham.
The couple have now had two letters from the Queen delivered to their home in Bannard Road, where they have lived for 42 years, congratulating them on 60 and 70 years of marriage.
But what is the secret to their long lasting relationship?
"You have to take the rough with the good," said Daphne. "We've experienced some times of real low but you have to focus on the good."
"You have to make a fuss of each other," added Leonard.
"We live for one another."