THEY were married just four days when Gilbert Oldroyd left to serve four years at war.
But now Oakes couple Gilbert and May Oldroyd are celebrating 70 years of marriage.
The couple, both aged 91, say the secret to their long and happy marriage is working together.
“We’ve worked together all our lives,” Mr Oldroyd said. “Working together and being friends is the secret.”
Lawrence Gilbert and Eveline May, both known by their middle names, met on a bus as they were going to work – Mr Oldroyd was a baker at Berry Brow and Mrs Oldroyd a weaver in Longwood.
He charmed her and they agreed to go on a date and on March 14 1941 they married at Moldgreen Methodist Church.
They had just four days together before Mr Oldroyd was sent to Egypt, serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
He said: “I was sent to Egypt after we’d had four days’ honeymoon.
“I was in the forces from the beginning of the war right to the end. From Dunkirk to Egypt and the invasion of Italy.
“May worked until I came back in 1946 and we moved to Dalton.”
After being de-mobbed Mr Oldroyd worked for Ainsleys but then set up his own business – Rawthorpe Bakery – which the couple ran for 20 years.
They had a son Clive, but he died aged 19.
They sold the business after their son died and Mr Oldroyd went on to lecture at Manchester and Leeds colleges, teaching young apprentices their crafts. He won diplomas in bakery and confectionery during his career.
The couple continue to enjoy baking together at their home and bake all their own bread.
And the sprightly 91-year-olds remain active – they are members of Huddersfield OWLS at Huddersfield sports centre – leisure sessions for the over 50s.
Mr Oldroyd added: “We play badminton and bowls, we enjoy going down there. We’ve many friends at the sports centre, there’s lots of friendly people. I enjoy gardening and fishing too.”
The couple will celebrate their platinum wedding with a party at home.