The first time Ernie Scott laid eyes on his future wife all he saw was a pair of decidely shapely legs.
“She was up a ladder pinning Christmas decorations to the ceiling,” he smiled.
That was way back in December 1939. And the young Londoner obviously liked what he saw for he and Miss Rosamond Leggatt – as she was then – have just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
And what an occasion it’s been for the Leagrave couple who are both in their 90s.
There was a telegram from the Queen sending ‘warm congratulations,’ a chauffeur-driven trip round Luton in the mayoral car, followed by tea and fancies in the mayor’s parlour, and a family party at Flitwick Manor with their wedding picture in icing on the cake.
It brought back fond memories of the original – everything was rationed when they married in 1943 so the beautifully iced top tier was made from cardboard.
The young bride masterminded all the arrangements as her husband-to-be was training with the Royal Navy in north Wales.
“I even bought my own wedding band,” she said. “You could only get utility rings then and the jeweller said to come back after the war and he’d make it up to 24 carat gold.
“But when Ernie returned home safely I thought that would be tempting fate, so I’m still wearing it today.”
She and her soul mate met through their sisters, and his family came to stay with hers when they were bombed out during the war.
The couple both worked at Skefco and are very proud of their children – daughter Pam Garraway, corporate director of Luton Borough Council and son Peter, who works in fisheries in the Philippines and travels the world,
They also have four much loved grandchildren.
Ernie claims he’s not romantic but looks at Rosamond fondly and says: “She’s a winner. We have a laugh and some cross words but they don’t last.
“You need the odd spat to liven things up, as long as you’re not spiteful and don’t bear a grudge.
“She also makes a nice pork casserole and a lovely fish pie.”
Rosamond – who still makes sure there’s a hot dish on the dinner table – said: “He was good looking and very generous. He never forgot a birthday.
“We were both tennis mad, enjoyed ballroom dancing and loved our garden. I’ve never wanted anyone else.”