Wartime wedding couple celebrate 70 joyful years

HAPPY COUPLE --  Bill and Doris Tomlinson, who have been married for 70 years
HAPPY COUPLE -- Bill and Doris Tomlinson, who have been married for 70 years
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A LOVING couple from Hucknall who had a Christmas wedding during the hostilities of the Second World War are still on the front line of marriage — after celebrating their 70th anniversary.

Bill and Doris Tomlinson tied the knot at Basford Register Office on Boxing Day 1941.

Tomlinson wedding day

Tomlinson wedding day

Earlier this week, they celebrated their milestone platinum anniversary with a bash for family and friends at their home on St Mary’s Way.

Ninety-year-old Doris (nee Teece), who was born on the former Queen Street in Hucknall, puts their long-lasting marriage down to “hard work and trying to be cheerful”.

She added: “We are pretty easygoing and have always worked hard.”

Bill (89), who was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, said: “If we’ve fallen out, we’ve never gone to bed without making up.”

Paying tribute to Doris, he said: “She has been a beautiful wife, I could not have had a better one.”

Doris went to Spring Street and Beardall Street Schools in Hucknall. After leaving at the age of 14, she became a roller at the former cigar factory on Hankin Street in the town.

Bill, whose real name is Stanley, was adopted at the age of five by a couple who were farm labourers and, each year, moved to a different part of the country.

He arrived in Hucknall at the age of 18 and met Doris while she was babysitting one night. A year later, the couple were married.

Bill and Doris had two sons. Malcolm, who was known as ‘Monty’ and became a Hucknall-based plumbing and heating engineer, died three years ago at the age of 67. William, who is 67, lives at Annesley Woodhouse. The platinum-wedding couple also have six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Bill started his working life at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire before moving into the farming trade, just like his adoptive parents. He suffered an accident with a threshing machine and almost lost his arm, forcing him out of work for three years.

After that, he became a well-known milkman in Hucknall before becoming a driver at the town’s Rolls-Royce base for 16 years.

Bill and Doris then ran the former Garden Gate greengrocer’s shop on South Street and created the former Hucknall Garden Centre on Annesley Road.

In their spare time, Doris enjoys knitting and doing wordsearch puzzles, while Bill enjoys gardening and growing vegetables.

Bill was also well-known as a driver for 17 years with the voluntary car scheme based at the Under One Roof centre in Hucknall.