Devoted couple celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Emley-Grace and Arthur Martin
Emley-Grace and Arthur Martin

ARTHUR Martin initially met his future wife when he mowed the lawn for her parents as an 11-year-old.

Arthur and wife Emley-Grace – who met again in 1944 and tied the knot at Eastbourne Town Hall – have just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

The couple, who are both 84 and live in Hampden Park, marked their major milestone together with a meal at their favourite restaurant at the Boship Farm Hotel with 34 guests, including their children Wenonah, Gayle and Verne, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren,

Arthur said, “I used to mow the lawn for her mum and dad when I was 11 but we didn’t meet again until the early part of 1944.

“We started courting in 1944 and by then I had been called up by the 42nd Royal Marines Commando.

“When I was going back to camp, I was getting on a train when Emley-Grace asked me to marry her. I said yes – I couldn’t say much else!

“We were able to get a special licence to be married at Eastbourne Town Hall in 1946.”

At the end of the war, Arthur returned to his job at WH Smiths and in 1957, he joined the maintenance department of a printing company which was later taken over by TR Becketts, where he stayed until his retirement.

Emley-Grace started working at the Co-Op in Seaside Road during the war where she stayed until she was married.

Arthur added, “We started going to the hotel in 1960 when our son, Gayle, was a chef there and we have been going for lunch every Wednesday for the last five or six years.”