Platinum day for war wedding couple

wet  Walter and Elsie Wallis.  (120222M5)
wet Walter and Elsie Wallis. (120222M5)

Lesley and Elsie Wallis decided to marry before they were separated by war - 70 years later they are still together, and Lesley says he is still waiting for a honeymoon.

The couple wed because Lesley was about to be posted to the Middle East during the Second World War.

That was in 1942 - and now the Tadcaster couple, who met the year war broke out in 1939, will celebrate their platinum wedding tomorrow.

Tadcaster-born Lesley, who is 90, said the secret to a happy marriage was “a great love and good English home-cooked food.”

“Elsie is a great cook. I think my favourite dish she makes would be the Yorkshire Pudding.”

The couple met at a house party through friends and married at St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster.

Speaking of their first meeting, Lesley said: “I am not sure if it was love at first sight, we were friends at first, we had the same group of friends for a long time.”

Elsie, 92, originally from Hull, worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Thorp Arch, helping to make munitions.

The couple have three daughters Joyce, 62, who lives in Shadwell, Linda, 55, and Susan, 60 and 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Lesley worked at John Smith’s brewery as a unit manager in Tadcaster for 48 years,

They will mark their special day with a family party.