Not too many couples are lucky enough to reach their 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries, but one Langley pair had made it all the way to 75 years.
Frank and Florence Hunt celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Sept. 17. Frank is 97 and Florence 96.
They've known each other even longer, meeting four years before their wedding, in Birmingham, England. Their first date was a 1934 showing of the original King Kong.
Frank was working in a grocery shop for his uncle at the time, and Florence's twin sister ran in and said there was a new handsome lad and she was off to buy some tomatoes from him.
"Well, my mother grabbed the money off her twin and raced over there," said Sylvia Butler.
They were married in 1938, when Florence noticed that the anniversary of their meeting was to fall on a Saturday.
"In fact, it was she that proposed to him, asking, 'Frank, do you think that we can save up enough money by then to get married?'" Butler said.
Two years later war was declared, and Florence spent her nights under the wooden stairs, a new baby tucked into a laundry basket, while Frank was on duty as an air raid warden. During the day, Frank was a foreman at an engineering factory building aircraft
for the war effort. "Night after night they heard the bombers coming over, and one huge bomb dropped in the next street over," Butler said. The family didn't get much sleep after that, even in a new brick air raid shelter for the community.
Frank eventually became a buyer for General Electric, and Florence raised her children and then fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a nurse at age 50.
They moved to Canada in 1971 to join daughters Sylvia and Valerie, who had moved to Delta with their families, and their son Richard followed the rest of the family soon after.
They moved from Delta to Langley in 2006, to a rancher in Murrayville when Frank finally started having trouble with stairs.
At their recent anniversary they were surrounded by four generations, including their children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The highlight of the day was the congratulatory messages, including one from Queen Elizabeth II.
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