70th wedding anniversary Ickleford couple still ‘very much’ in love

Ray and Helmia Pitts on their wedding day at St Katharine's Church, Ickleford, 70 years ago

Ray and Helmia Pitts on their wedding day at St Katharine's Church, Ickleford, 70 years ago - Credit: Archant

ONE of Comet country’s longest-married couples have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Ray and Helmia Pitts on their wedding day at St Katharine's Church, Ickleford, 70 years ago

Ray and Helmia Pitts on their wedding day at St Katharine's Church, Ickleford, 70 years ago - Credit: Archant

Ray Pitts, 90, and wife Helmia, 89, last week marked their platinum wedding anniversary with family.

Ray and Helmia Pitts on their wedding day at St Katharine's Church, Ickleford, 70 years ago

Ray and Helmia Pitts on their wedding day at St Katharine's Church, Ickleford, 70 years ago - Credit: Archant

The couple met in Ickleford during World War II, and have lived there ever since.

Son Adrian told the Comet his parents were “very much” still loved up.

“They happened to be in houses near each other, and that’s how they met,” he said.


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“Both are quite surprised and delighted. They still both enjoy life and look after themselves in their own home.”

On their secret to a long marriage, he added: “I think it’s down to a lot of patience from the two of them.”

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Ray and Helmia, who have three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, got married in St Katharine’s Church in Ickleford.

They celebrated their anniversary last Wednesday with a meal with close family members, and also received their third card from the Queen.

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