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Tim and Dorothy Walter celebrate 75 years of marriage

By Jodie Nesling

Tim and Dorothy Walter, who are both 96, claim they have never quarrelled since tying the knot on July 27, 1942.

The devoted couple – who met while making Spitfires in Southampton – say avoiding disputes is key to a happy marriage.

Dorothy and Tim Walter celebrate at home

Dorothy and Tim Walter celebrate at home

Daughter Sue Willis says her parents are lucky to have had each other for so many years.

She said: “We asked them what the key to such a long marriage was and they said they have never had an argument in all their years together.”

Tim and Dorothy married at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Newbury before moving to Kent.

Mr Walter’s family owned Wickhambreaux Mill for three generations before it was sold to Hovis and converted into flats.

The devoted couple moved to Elmstone in 1954, farming the land for 32 years and sailing the seas around Europe on their boat.

The couple on their wedding day

The couple on their wedding day

Retiring to Wingham Green, the pair enjoyed tending their garden and were also members of Sandwich Motor Boat and Yacht Club.

Tim was a keen musician playing cornet with the Birchington Silver Band until he was well into his 80s and gave up after what he describes jokingly as “running out of puff”.

The couple had two daughters, Carole and Sue. Sadly, Carole died in 1985.

They are proud grandparents and great-grandparents and all the family celebrated their big day with an afternoon tea with friends and then a meal.

The pair received a card from the Queen and Dorothy wore a vibrant blue dress for the occasion.

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