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War-time pen pals celebrate 60 years of marriage

War-time pen pals celebrate 60 years of marriage

Luke Matthews

War-time pen pals celebrate 60 years of marriage

A couple who began as war-time pen pals celebrated 60 years of marriage at St Mark's Nursing Centre in Maidenhead on Thursday, August 27. 

George and Muriel Lawrence were treated to a romantic dinner for two in honour of the occasion by staff at the home who described them as 'wonderful.'

When navy-man George docked in St Andrews on leave, he made a beeline for Muriel at a local dance - but he had his work cut out for him.

"I just said I'm not interested in having a sailor as a boyfriend because they are here today and gone tomorrow and there was plenty of others who wanted me," joked Muriel, now 81.

"I just can't shake him off."

The couple then began to write to one another when George was away on service and the romance developed from there.

Although the pair are in different wards of the home in St Mark's Road, staff bring them together for lunch everyday and 82-year-old George refuses to let them return to their respective buildings without a goodbye kiss.

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