A COUPLE who have had “a wonderful life together” celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last week.

Lillian and Glyn Howells got married on September 29, 1947, at St Mary’s church in Monmouth – meaning they celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on Friday, September 29, 2017.

“We celebrated the anniversary at St Mary’s church hall in Rogiet,” said Mrs Howells. “My daughter organised a party for us, there was about 55 of us.

“I still remember everything of our wedding day. We had a lovely day, we had beautiful sunshine.”

Mrs Howells, 88, said they met in 1946 while she was working as an usherette in Monmouth cinema.

“I was on leave from the RAF,” said Mr Howell. “I saw her outside the cinema and she was on her usherette uniform. I followed her into the cinema and started chatting her up.

“Thanks to that day, I now have the best wife in the world. I love her, she has been so good at looking after me.”

Mr Howell, who was a driver for the RAF and did most of his service in the Middle East, said they were dating for a couple of years before they got married.

“Life was so different back then,” said the 91-year-old.

Mrs Howells, of Meadway, in Rogiet, said they have had a “wonderful life together”.

She said: “Our family is really important to us.

“We only have daughter, Carole. She has been a real gem to us, and so has her husband. We have three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. We are a very happy family.”

Mrs Howells said another highlight of their life has been sequence dancing – which they did for more than 30 years.

“We had a thoroughly lovely time,” she added. “We had to stop due to my arthritis.

“We have met so many friends through sequence dancing.”

Mrs Howells said the secret to a happy and long-lasting marriage is to “understand and respect” each other.

She said: “Obviously, you have your ups and downs, but you need to talk it out.”