Platinum couple recall war wedding

Charlie and Joyce Smith with Sir Robert Clerk and Provost Joe Wallace
Charlie and Joyce Smith with Sir Robert Clerk and Provost Joe Wallace

Charlie and Joyce Smith recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with friends and family at Baldwin Court sheltered housing complex in Penicuik.

The couple (both 90) married in July 1945 during World War 2 when they both served in the forces. Charlie was in the navy as a radar operator and Joyce was a cook with the WRENS.

Joyce recalled : “When we were in the forces we didn’t have much time to spare.

“So when were married down in Norfolk we went to Plymouth for about two days then he went away to war and I went back to work. Life just carried on.

“But I can’t complain, we have got on very well.”

Joyce was born in Edinburgh and spent most of her working life in shoe shops. While Charlie had his own painter and decorator business. They lived in Leadburn for 25 years before moving to Baldwin Court.

Joyce added: “We came up here as there wasn’t many jobs in Norfolk after the war. It’s definitely home now.”

The platinum couple have two sons, four granddaughters, two grandsons, six great granddaughters and two great grandsons.

So what is the secret to such a long marriage? “I don’t know. We have just always got on,” said Joyce.

“The family all get on, they keep an eye on us to see if we want anything. We have just always got on somehow. I can’t really explain it.

Provost Joe Wallace presented the couple with flowers while Lord Lieutenant Sir Robert Clerk congratulated the couple on behalf of the Queen.

Joyce said: “I have never had so many flowers. We had a big party here, everybody had a great time. It was a really good night, there was around 50 people there.”