The couple met in 1930 when Syd was a member of the Church Lads
Brigade and some of his friends were following a group of girls,
including Phyllis, through Coventry, and they soon started
going out together. Syd said: "I knew this was the girl for me." On
his 18th birthday, Syd approached Phyllis's father to ask for his
permission before asking her to marry him. Syd later proposed under
a heraldic Coat of Arms bridge in Coventry.
Syd and Phyllis were both born in Coventry, and 97-year-old Syd
worked as an apprentice at the Coventry-based aircraft company
Armstrong Whitworth. He is also a Freeman of the City.
95-year-old Phyllis said: "When we got married we'd just bought
our first house for £525, and now it's worth about £200,000 - times
have really changed! The time just flies by with him though."
Staff at Princethorpe Court, where they have lived since
December 2004, threw them a party to celebrate the occasion, which
was attended by their sons Graham and Bill. The couple also have a
daughter, four grandchildren, one great-grandson and one
After 75 years together what advice can they offer to
"He has been spoilt rotten," Phyllis said, "But you have to have
a good rolling pin too!"
Syd said: "Tolerance and perseverance are the main ingredients
for success, we had our arguments, but we have overcome them. Even
if she doesn't believe me, I still love her just as much as on the
day I married her."
He added that having their own space has helped them. "We've
slept in single beds for forty years. That helps!"
Picture: Phyllis and Syd share a kiss on their 75th
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