Looking back to a wartime wedding day

NADV. Yorkshire born couple John & Mary Merrett enjoy a special 70th Anniversary luncheon at Bettys, during a 'Wartime Wedding' event taken by Lucy Adlington from The History Wardrobe. 110810AR4pic.

NADV. Yorkshire born couple John & Mary Merrett enjoy a special 70th Anniversary luncheon at Bettys, during a 'Wartime Wedding' event taken by Lucy Adlington from The History Wardrobe. 110810AR4pic.

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A COUPLE who married during the Second World War have relived their special day 70 years on at Bettys tea rooms.

John and Mary Merrett were 24 and 21 respectively when they married in Hull on August 23, 1941.

The wedding took place while John was on leave from the army and both families saved their wartime ration coupons to buy clothing and ingredients for the wedding, and guests were given only cake and wine for the celebration.

The new Mr and Mrs Merrett honeymooned in Whitby, taking the train to Scarborough before a taxi took them through a thick fog across the moors on to a bed and breakfast.

The couple moved to Hockley in Essex, where they still live, and now have four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They remain enthusiastic about Yorkshire and are regular visitors to Bettys, always requesting a large curd tart and insisting on drinking only Yorkshire Tea.

Mr and Mrs Merrett, now aged 95 and 92, celebrated their platinum anniversary at the Wartime Wedding event at Bettys in the centre of Harrogate.