Havering couple to celebrate 73rd wedding anniversary

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 July 2013

Albert and Violet Key celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary

Albert and Violet Key celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary


Seventy-five years ago Albert Key was riding his bike when he was stopped by Violet in the street.

Little did they know after that chance meeting the couple would be married and celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary together.

The couple met in 1938 and Albert remembered, “I was riding my bike along and she stopped me.

“We started chatting and it wasn’t long after that that we were going out with one another.”

He joined the army at the age of 20 and served as a member of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and went to France before marrying Violet while he was on leave.


Albert was 21 and Violet was 19 when they were married at a modest wedding at a registry office in Islington, surrounded by their close family and friends.

Albert returned to the army and served in North Africa, Italy and Egypt.

And Violet gave birth to their daughter Christine before going to live with her sister in Northampton when she was evacuated.

When Albert returned from the war he worked as a butcher at Dewhurst Butchers, Wood Green.

The family moved to Havering in 1962, before moving to Glenton Close, Chase Cross, where they now live.

And they had plenty of good advice to share about how to ensure a marriage was happy.

Violet, 93, simply said: “Just keep calm and don’t fight.”

But Albert, 94, joked: “Keep saying yes. And try to stop arguing,” before adding, “keep doing things together and help one another and support each other.

“Always stay together and make sure you get along.”

He added that it was important to socialise with each other, and that up until six months ago they would go out every week.

Albert said: “We would always go to the British Legion together and have a dance every Saturday night.”

The couple said they had not decided how they would be celebrating their wedding anniversary on Monday, but said they would like to spend it with their family.

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