AN EXTRA half a pound of margarine and a tin of spam helped make a Chester couple’s wedding special.
Ernest and Joan Springett, of Upton, were married on December 13 1947 in Gillingham in Kent.
They met in Shropshire where Joan, née Perkins, was helping out at a local YMCA camp.
“I had to walk back to my lodgings in the dark for about two miles. I wasn’t bothered, being a country girl, but the officer commanding the camp insisted one of the soldiers accompanied me home. Funnily enough, after the first week, it turned out to be the same shy young soldier!”
Ernest fought with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War and Joan was a teacher.
The couple settled in Chester 45 years ago. They have three children, a son Thomas and twins, Tony and Theresa.
“My husband always had a soft spot for Chester after finding himself in the city during the war. He had been marching for weeks and was very tired and hadn’t changed his socks for six weeks. Some local women knitted him some socks and he never forgot their kindness.”
Ernest, 87, secured a job working for hospitals in the area and retired in 1989 as Estate Manager of the Countess of Chester Hospital. As the couple’s children grew up, Joan returned to teaching.