WHEN a Stone couple first met as children little did they know they would be together more than seven decades later.
But on Tuesday Geoffrey and Mary Flock, of Windsor Close, Walton, celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss.
Their joint journey through life began in Middlesex, where Geoffrey was friends with Mary’s brother as a school boy.
As they grew up, romance blossomed, and Geoffrey and Mary wed in 1944 when he was 23 and she 22.
This month is a double celebration for Geoffrey, a retired civil servant, as he will turn 94 in three weeks’ time.
He said: “A lot of marriages take place now before couples have got to know each other. By the time we came to marriage we knew each other pretty well.
“All I can say is the whole 70 years has been an enormous joy. We have been extremely happy together.
“Mary is a happy, very cheerful person and very loving. We certainly enjoy our time together.”
Mary worked in dairy farming before she married Geoffrey, whose job took them to live in various parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland. They also spent time in Wales before moving to Stone nine years ago.
They had two sons – John, who passed away a few years ago and Martin, who lives in the Lake District. They also have four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
On Saturday they enjoyed an early anniversary celebration at the Stone Guide Headquarters in Westbridge Park with fellow members of the St John’s Church congregation.