A COUPLE will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary just 24 hours after Valentine’s Day.
Bill and May Edgeler, pictured, of Cliff Road, will toast their milestone with friends and family at the Chatsworth Hotel in Grand Parade on February 15.
When Mr Edgeler, 92, was asked the secret to a happy marriage he said, “Give and take, the occasional ruck so you can make up and a huge dose of good luck.”
The couple first met in 1937 at weekly dances in Haywards Heath and married at Danehill Church in 1941.
Both did their bit for the Second World War effort. Mr Edgeler joined 262 Company of the Royal Engineers and was wounded during the D-day landings. He was taken back to England and treated in York. Undeterred he rejoined his company and was later awarded the Military Medal for bravery in battle. Not to be outdone Mrs Edgeler, 90, joined the Women’s Royal Air Force, stationed at Thorney Island RAF base in Hampshire, as a radio operator. Mr Edgeler continued protecting British citizens when he joined Sussex Police, stationed in Crawley Down, Forest Row, Uckfield, Heathfield and Hailsham in a 31-year career. He retired in 1977 after reaching the rank of sergeant. Mr Edgeler was an active member of the Eastbourne Normandy Veterans Association until it was disbanded last year, as numbers dwindled. They are both members of the Royal Air Forces Association club in Eastbourne and every week they meet for lunch with friends and put the world to rights.
The couple have two children, five grandchildren and three great–grandchildren.