Diamond couple's double celebration

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11 May 2005

SeagarsAS BRITAIN marked the 60th anniversary of VE Day on Sunday, one Bapchild couple had double cause for celebration.

Donald and Doris Seagars, of Lords Close, married three days before the end of the Second World War, have enjoyed their diamond anniversary.

The landmark occasion was even recognised by the Queen, who was expected to send a congratulatory telegram.

In 1941, with Donald training to be a flight mechanic at an RAF sta¬tion in Suffolk and Doris living with her family in London, it was an exchange of letters that bought them together.

Doris explained: "My cousin Bob went into the air force, was in the same billet as Don and slept in the bed next to him.

"I told Bob I wanted to write to somebody who was tall, dark and hand-some so he kept on at Don to do it.

"Eventually he did and it all just started from there."

The couple met at London Bridge during one and saw each other after-of Donald's 48-hour leave wards and love soon blos¬periods for their first date, somed.
a trip to the cinema. It wasn't all plain sailing, They continued to write as Doris's first meeting with Donald's family turned out to be the last time she would see him for four years.

After reaching his parents' home in Lynsted, Donald was told about a telegram ordering him to return to his unit immedi¬ately.

He did so and was soon off around the world, doing his bit for the war effort in India, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Kenya and Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

Doris said: "We only met about three or four times before he went away and then we didn't see each other for four years.

"Our romance only grew through the correspon¬dence we kept."
A severe case of amoebic dysentery bought an end to Donald's service.

This gave him the chance to spend more time with Doris and it was not long before they moved to Swale and were engaged at the Bull Hotel in Sittingbourne High Street.

They went on to have three children and are grandparents, nine grand-children and two great grandchildren, with two more on the way.

Donald said: "Through all these years, we've never got stroppy with one another. Yes we disagree from time to time, but we usually resolve those argu¬ments by me giving in."

This article and photographs are used with the kind permission of The Gazette & Times