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Platinum couple: We've had a ball'

PUBLISHED: 18:20 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: George and Stella Ball celebrate 70 years of marriage.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: George and Stella Ball celebrate 70 years of marriage.

A COUPLE who got married at the start of WWII have celebrated 70 years of happy marriage.

A COUPLE who got married at the start of WWII have celebrated 70 years of happy marriage.

Stella Ball, 90 and her husband George, 92, pictured, celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary with family and friends at home at Ralph Perring Court, Stone Park Avenue, Beckenham, last Sunday.

The pair, who married at Greenwich Register Office on May 4, 1940, were joined by more than 60 family and friends, including five grandchildren and four great grandchildren when they toasted a glass of bubbly. Mrs Ball said: "It was wonderful, better than our wedding day itself.

"When we got married it was rushed because of the war, but this time it was very relaxed, it was lovely."

The secret to a long and happy marriage is understanding and never going to bed on an argument, according to Mrs Ball.

She added: "We never went to bed on a quarrel, and now we think the world of each other."

Their son Colin, 66, said: "Mum and Dad had a great time, and met with a lot of people they haven't seen for years. It was a great day."

After their wedding in Greenwich, George Ball went straight back to the Royal Navy, first to Dunkirk to ferry personnel from the beaches to larger boats offshore and later sailing on a convoy to Russia.

After moving to Sherington Road, Charlton after the war and Mr Ball took up work as a waterman while his wife worked at the Roxy Cinema, Blackheath, and they moved to Beckenham in 1990.

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