VIDEO: Couple celebrate a 75th wedding anniversary and 100th birthday in the same week
One of Britain’s oldest couples are celebrating two amazing milestones in the same week - a 75th wedding anniversary and a 100th birthday.
Samuel and Liley Rose of Hinderclay, Suffolk, quickly married at the register office in Eye on June 15, 1940, after he was called up to serve in the Second World War.
In a month of landmarks for the pair, Mr Rose turned 99 on June 5, while Mrs Rose today celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends - just three days after celebrating 75 years of marriage.
The pair met dancing, with Mr Rose regularly getting on his bike to court his future wife.
Mrs Rose was born in Hinderclay, in the same house they live in now, moving back there after a spell in a prefabricated house in Finningham, following Mr Rose’s stint serving in the RAF during the Second World War.
“We were courting and in love, and I had my call up papers,” Mr Rose explained. “So we said ‘shall we?’ and said ‘yes’, and spoke to our local reverend and he was quite willing to marry us.
“But I talked to the bishop and he wouldn’t allow it. We only had a day or two left, so we got in touch with Eye register office, nipped down there, getting a friend across to take us, and we married.”
Only two nights passed after their marriage before Mr Rose went to Mellis station to serve in the forces.
The couple have two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Asked what the secret was to both a long marriage and a long life, Mrs Rose said: “I think it is down to contentment really.
“We have had our ups and downs and little worries at times but we were contented, we never really wanted a lot, not in our time.”
The couple had a caravan and enjoyed holidaying, visiting Wales, Yorkshire and Scotland.
One of eight children, Mrs Rose attended school in the village and was a nursemaid, and also had a spell being a cook, learning her trade at Thornham Hall.
Her father served in the First World War and was taken prisoner in Germany, meaning she did not see him until she was four years old. Her mother, also called Liley, also enjoyed an amazingly long life — passing away just short of her 105th birthday.
Despite her age, Mrs Rose still cooks meals for her husband, and tends to her garden.
Mr Rose, who went to school in Wetheringsett, had jobs including driving for Diss creamery and construction work.
Daughter-in-law Kate, also a Hinderclay resident, added: “They have always had their holidays in Britain, it’s a very simple life, hard, but very content. They love having family round.
“She has got such a big heart, and he is a gentleman.”