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Fainting after film led to 70 years of marriage for Barrow couple

A PAIR of lovebirds are preparing to celebrate 70 years of marriage and being just as in love as the moment they met.

John Roland “Roly” and Bessie Fry will be spending their platinum wedding anniversary together at their Troutbeck Gardens home, in Barrow, tomorrow.

The spark between the couple hasn’t changed from the moment they met in 1940.

Mrs Fry, 92, said: “We are still in love today definitely.”

Mrs Fry, whose maiden name is Cameron, described the moment they met as “fate”.

The couple met by chance after seeing a film at the Coliseum cinema in Barrow.

She said: “It was the day after the first bomb on Prospect Road, where I worked. I was still shaken about it.”

Outside the cinema in a doorway Mrs Fry fainted. When she became conscious again she found Mr Fry had come to her rescue.

Mr Fry joked: “She fell for me right away.”

Mrs Fry said: “It was love at first sight. As soon as I saw him I liked him.”

The Barrow pair, who had two sons together, married shortly after they met.

Mrs Fry said: “We were together about 18 months before we got married.”

They were wed in the Barrow registry office on December 19, 1942. Mrs Fry, who was 22 when they married, said on the wedding day she wore a “little coat and a dress”.

However, as it was during the war, she didn’t have a “fancy” dress.

After they were married, Mr Fry went to college to learn to cook for Mrs Fry.

Tomorrow, Mr Fry, 90, will be cooking his wife her favourite meal, chicken with all the trimmings, and they will spend some quality time with just the two of them together.

Mrs Fry said she was looking forward to the big day, although the pair won’t be throwing a party. She said: “We just want to be together.”

The pair have spent many happy times together in their 70 years of marriage. Mrs Fry said: “He has made me very happy.”

She said among her favourite memories of their time together are the times they went on holiday. She said: “We used to go camping in the Lake District. We have had some lovely holidays.”


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