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Spennymoor couple celebrate 70th anniversary
WHEN Eric Pattinson spotted a pretty face on a railway platform he knew he wanted a date.
As his train was about to pull away from Durham railway station he leant out of the window and arranged a meeting that would lead to 70 years of marriage.
Mr Pattinson was heading back to his RAF base in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, so he had to wait three months to meet his future bride, Lorna Alderson, in The Neville pub in Durham city.
The couple, both originally from the New Brancepeth area, went on to marry at St John’s Church, in Meadowfield, County Durham.
Today (Wednesday, September 4) they are celebrating their 70th anniversary at home in Spennymoor.
Mr Pattinson spent six years with the RAF after he volunteered to leave his job as a fitter at New Brancepeth Colliery- a reserved occupation- after losing several friends in the Second World War.
His engineering skills proved useful and he had many roles and postings including maintenance on an airforce base, in a factory making parts for Lancaster Bombers and rebuilding and testing plane engines.
During that time his wife was an Aycliffe Angel, working in a munitions factory at Newton Aycliffe.
After the war he worked at on locomotives at New Brancepeth, Shotton and Fishburn Collieries and his wife ran a general store, at Coxhoe, for 13 years while raising their daughter, Jill.
Jill and her husband, Kevin Hunter, and their son, Adam, all live in Spennymoor.
Mr Pattinson, 91, said: “We’ve always been active and enjoyed each other’s company. “We used to dance, we’ve always been interested in cricket, I ran New Brancepeth club and Lorna did the teas and I played football, we also loved holidays and would drive all over Scotland England.
“It is a special anniversary but the time together has flown by.”
Mrs Pattinson, 90, said: “We are happy, always have been.”
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