DIAMOND WEDDING: Couple who met as penfriends

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A HUCKNALL couple whose romance blossomed during a penfriend relationship in the 1940s have celebrated their landmark diamond wedding.

Audrey and George Tranter (pictured) first got to know each other through letters they exchanged while George was serving as a mechanic with the Royal Navy in Malta.

One day in 1948, when Audrey was preparing to send off another letter, George knocked on the door of her Hucknall home during a visit while he was on leave.

Three years later, on December 29 1951, the couple were married at Hucknall Parish Church by the town’s rector, Canon Thomas Gerrard Barber, and enjoyed a reception for family and friends at the Chequers pub on High Street.

Audrey (81) and George (83) now live on Elm Avenue in Hucknall. They have two sons, Nicholas (58) and Adrian (54), two grandsons, Ryan and Kiel, and two great grandsons, Harley and Jenson.

They celebrated their anniversary by spending the day together looking at old photos and enjoying a bottle of wine while surrounded by gifts, cards and flowers.

But the pair are no strangers to life in the fast lane or the Dispatch headlines.

For in December 2000, they featured in a front-page exclusive after they were on an airliner bound for Cyprus that was seconds from disaster when nearly hit by a US fighter-jet.

Audrey (nee Hoggard) was born on Victoria Street in Hucknall. She went to Spring Street and Beardall Street Schools in the town.

She worked in two stints at the Taylors textile factory on King Edward Street, Hucknall that later became Jaeger.

George was born in Cannock, Staffordshire and after leaving the Navy, he worked at Linby Colliery for 27 years — DISPIC NHUD11-3513-1..