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Selsey couple’s platinum celebration for wartime marriage

Doreen and Donald Kemp who celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. PPP-140520-155424006

Doreen and Donald Kemp who celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. PPP-140520-155424006

THIS YEAR is 70 years since the Normandy landings, but it also marks a rather happier event for a Selsey couple.

Donald and Doreen Kemp, of Bonnar Road, married on May 27, 1944, just days before the D-Day landings.

“It was a beautiful, hot, sunny day,” said Doreen, 87.

“I was nearly 18 and didn’t need to get married – although most people thought we did. Our son was born two years later.”

She added: “We were very young, but we were in love and that’s that.

“He’s absolutely great, he really is.”

The couple met when they worked in the same factory in west London.

At first Donald sent a friend to ask Doreen out on his behalf, but she sent the friend back and told Donald to ask her himself.

“She was a very attractive girl, with a lovely figure and I fell for her as soon as I saw her,” said the 91-year-old.

Before he could go out with her, he had to go to meet her mother and get the seal of approval, which he described as being ‘very nerve-wracking’.

They married at St Gabriel’s Church, in Acton, London, and moved down to Selsey in the 1970s.

The couple have one son, Colin, and six grandchildren.

“I think that we’ve stayed young because we’re young in mind,” added Doreen.

Today (May 25), family and friends will join the couple at the Selsey Club to celebrate their 70 years of married life.

 

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