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Gerald, 91, and Gwyneth Wykes, 90, met each other during World War II, still teenagers living in the war-ravaged city of Coventry, England. She turned down his proposal at first. How could she know he would live, she would live, when people all around her were dying? How could anything good grow out of such rubble?

But good did indeed come. They started out as friends and dance partners, living in a country torn by the fear of war; on Tuesday, they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with their daughter's family and their grandson.

“All I saw was this massive red hair coming and I said was, ‘Oh, no,’” said Gerald, remembering the first time he saw Wanda. “After dancing, I got home about midnight and woke up my parents. I said, ‘I’ve met a girl.’ They went, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ and went back to sleep.”

Congratulations to this beautiful and enduring couple!

Gerald, 91, and Gwyneth Wykes, 90, met each other during World War II, still teenagers living in the war-ravaged city of Coventry, England. She turned down his proposal at first. How could she know he would live, she would live, when people all around her were dying? How could anything good grow out of such rubble? But good did indeed come. They started out as friends and dance partners, living in a country torn by the fear of war; on Tuesday, they celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with their daughter's family and their grandson. “All I saw was this massive red hair coming and I said was, ‘Oh, no,’” said Gerald, remembering the first time he saw Wanda. “After dancing, I got home about midnight and woke up my parents. I said, ‘I’ve met a girl.’ They went, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ and went back to sleep.” Congratulations to this beautiful and enduring couple!

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