CHILDHOOD sweethearts prove they are a match made in heaven.
John and Sylvia Edwards were today celebrating 60 years of marriage.
The couple, who live in Aldwick Road, met at infant school in London.
Mrs Edwards, 79, said: “We both went to Princess Friedreich’s Infant School which is when we first met. I was then evacuated during World War II to Swindon.”
Mrs Edwards returned to London after her mother was killed when the last doodlebug bomb was dropped on the city.
The pair attended the same senior school until Mr Edwards left. But the couple continued to see each other.
“I worked in my father’s shop and John lived across the road and one day he came in and asked me if I wanted to go to pictures.
“I told him I was washing my hair,” said Mrs Edwards. Eventually she agreed to the date. The couple married in St John’s Church in Kilburn Lane and went on to have three children. Their two sons sadly died of motoneuron disease, but they describe their daughter Julie as ‘incredibly precious’.
They also have four grandchildren and a great grandchild on the way.
So what’s the secret to a happy marriage? “I can honestly count on one hand the number of arguments we have had,” said Mrs Edwards.
Mr Edwards, 81, completed his national service in the RAF and joined the Metropolitan Police. Mrs Edwards is a regular volunteer at the Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital and Mr Edwards is the assistant curator at the Tangmere Aviation Museum.