Wartime problems a very distant memory as couple reach 75th wedding anniversary

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An Euxton couple have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary – despite not having the easiest start to married life.

Gordon and Alice Mitchell, who are both 95 years old, were sent a telegram by the Queen, who described the occasion as “remarkable”.

Alice and Gordon Mitchell celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary

Alice and Gordon Mitchell celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary

The couple met in Rossall, near Fleetwood, in 1935 and were married on June 6, 1940.

But the start of their married life was not straight-forward.

On the day of the wedding, Alice was not able to enjoy a lie-in as she had to go to a farm for milk and then the wedding photographer had no film in the camera.

They went to Ambleside for their honeymoon, but it was not long before Gordon was called up to the Army, joining the Cheshire Regiment.

Alice and Gordon Mitchell on their wedding day

Alice and Gordon Mitchell on their wedding day

He was initially posted to Ireland and served in India before joining the North African Desert Rats in 1943, seeing action in El Alamein, going through Sicily and onto the Italian mainland.

Gordon was captured by the Germans in 1944 and transferred to a prison camp in Germany.

He was reported as missing but was eventually released after the victory in 1945.

The couple’s first child Alice was born in 1942 but because of the war, Gordon did not see her until he returned home in 1945.

Their second child, Gordon, was born in 1946.

Their first home was in Little Eccleston, before they moved to Elswick in 1953 and remained until 2014, when they moved to Euxton.

The couple, of St Mary’s Gate, are both committed Christians and continue to be active members of Euxton Parish Church.

They are close to their family, with their son Gordon and his wife Jill, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren living in Euxton and Buckshaw Village.

Sadly their daughter Alice died in 2010.

Their 75th wedding anniversary was celebrated at the church, followed by cake in the community centre.

Later that day, 63 friends and relatives attended a celebration at Papa Luigi’s restaurant in Euxton.