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Loveys in the air for couple wed 65 years

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

  • DEVOTED: Alfred and Mary Loveys. Below; in their younger days.

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AN incredible 65 years after they got hitched, one Gloucester couple is still as Lovey-dovey as ever.

Albert and Mary Loveys are celebrating their blue sapphire wedding anniversary today.

A former prisoner of war, Albert narrowly missed being shot in the head and took part in the D-Day landings in Normandy.

He met his future wife Mary when he was based at the Army barracks at Innsworth.

She lived opposite and would often stand outside her home admiring the soldiers as they passed by. One day it was love at the garden gate.

They married in 1947 at St Aldate Church Hall in Reservoir Road – not the church that stands there at present, which was built in 1964, but instead the timber building which stands behind it.

It was put up in 1928 as a temporary church and is still used today as a village hall.

After a short stay in Plymouth the pair returned to Gloucester and had seven children – Bill, Michael, Dave, John, Paul, Peter and Sue.

Their son Bill said: "Apparently the word around the neighbourhood was that every time Bert took his trousers off Mary became pregnant.

"Meal times in the Loveys household were interesting to say the least with the family eating their way through 56lbs of potatoes each week and drinking six pints of milk a day."

They now have 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

They are celebrating their anniversary with a party at Blackfriars Priory with Vince Freeman, who was a contestant in the hit BBC series The Voice appearing.

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  • baptista77  |  December 22 2012, 10:17PM

    I had the pleasure of working for Bert in the Dairy Industry for several years & he was one of the most humble ,unassuming men I have ever met. A Real gentleman. Every respect and good wishes to you Bert & Mary.

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  • Glawsterman  |  December 22 2012, 10:55AM

    65 years is a fantastic length of time and I have been honoured to have been a part of it for the last 53 years, and proud to be able to call you Mum and Dad. Thankyou both TiG of course does mean the barracks in Reservoir Road.

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