Bath couple celebrate 65 years of married life
One of Bath's longest-married couples have celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Onetime PoW Wally Troutt and his wife Phyllis of Freeview Road, Twerton, got married 18 months after first meeting at a dance held at the Pavilion.
The wedding came not long after Mr Troutt, now 92, had been demobbed from the Army where he had served with the 7th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment.
Mrs Troutt, 87, said she could still remember the first time she saw her husband.
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She said: "I was standing at the top of the steps going down to the Pavilion waiting for a friend to come and he went by and he just looked at me but when we got into the dance he came up and asked me for a dance. He must have remembered me."
The wedding was a low-key affair with a service held at St Thomas à Becket Church, in Widcombe, followed by a small reception at Mr Troutt's family home in nearby Regent Terrace.
The couple, who have two children Richard, 64, and Lynne, 60, three grandchildren and one great grandchild, first lived with Mr Troutt's mother in St John's Road and in Oldfield Park before settling in Freeview Road, where they have lived almost 60 years.
Mr Troutt, who was taken captive in Germany in 1944 and sent to the Stalag prisoner of war camp near Dresden, went on to work for the Co-op and Avon Rubber.
He said: "The years have flown by, or they seemed to have."
Teasing his wife, he added: "It has been like being a prisoner again but for 65 years."
Mrs Troutt attributed their long marriage to the fact the two are the same star sign and have the same temperament.