Search

“It all started with a kiss” for Chigwell couple celebrating 70th anniversary

17:15 24 June 2014

Annie and Edward Mann celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary holding a picture of themselves when they first met

Annie and Edward Mann celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary holding a picture of themselves when they first met

Archant

“It all started with a kiss” for a couple who are now celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

Edward Mann, 92, and Annie Mann, 90, from Verderes Road, Chigwell, have been reminiscing about how they got together, 70 years on after they exchanged their vows, on June 24 1944.

He said: “It was a wonderful time for us and it all started with a kiss. We have been married now for 70 years and I have never regretted one day.”

The pair met on a sunny day in May when Edward and a friend of his was walking through the park when they spotted two girls and went over to speak to them.

Edward said: “I didn’t really want to go over but my friend was keen so I kind of tagged along and mingled with the friend of the girl he wasn’t speaking to.”

But it was only after an awkward moment when Edward wanted to leave once his friend went off with the girl that he was asked by her friend to stay so maybe she could put him in touch with her sister, not knowing that he was about to meet the love of his life.

Edward said: “I don’t know what it was about her that I liked but you know when you just take an instant like to someone? Well that’s what it was like for me.

“We soon got to know each other and had our first kiss - and what a sweet kiss it was!”

The couple then went on to marry a year later at St Mary’s church, in Plaistow, Newham, in 1944 but sadly did not have a honeymoon as it was considered too dangerous for people to travel because of the war.

Edward said: “It didn’t matter that we didn’t go anywhere for a honeymoon as we was just happy being together and we still are today.”

The pair now have five children and more than 20 grand children and great children and have been living in Chigwell for around 50 years, and will be celebrating this momentous occasion today when they go for dinner with their whole family.

Edward added: “It has been an amazing 70 years and I am looking forward to hopefully many more together.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

19:00
The incident was the second collision in less than 24 hours on the same street Picture: Met

A woman was taken to hospital after being involved in a collision with a car the day after a 95-year-old was fatally struck in a separate incident.

17:59
Redbridge schools were ranked 9 out of 152 local authorities according the latest OFSTED league tables.

Parents can rest assured about the state of the borough’s schools after the latest OFSTED league tables showed Redbridge to be one of the highest performing in the country.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed at St Paul's Cathedral in central London. One of the quilts will be displayed in Redbridge Central Library tomorrow. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA

An iconic quilt panel, commemorating the lives of those lost to the AIDS epidemic in the UK, will be on display in Ilford tomorrow.

The Ash Grove hotel in Green Lane, Ilford. Photo: Google Maps

Police would have caught the people involved with a reported gun-point robbery at an Ilford pub if the premises had better CCTV, an officer today stated.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now