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Crayford couple celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary

PUBLISHED: 11:58 12 October 2010 | UPDATED: 12:40 12 October 2010

Josephine and Federick Chapman celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary

Josephine and Federick Chapman celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary

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A couple who met at a birthday party 74 years ago are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary at the church in which they married.

Josephine and Federick Chapman celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary

A couple who met at a birthday party 74 years ago are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary at the church in which they married.

Josephine and Frederick Chapman, of Old Road, Crayford, met at a birthday party in East Dulwich and will be celebrating their milestone marriage on October 20 with family and friends.

They will receive a marriage blessing from the vicar at Christ Church in Bexleyheath which is the same church in which they married in 1940.

Mr and Mrs Chapman, both in their 90s, will then celebrate their anniversary at a family gathering at their daughter’s house. Mrs Chapman, 92 who grew up in Forest Hill said: “It’s absolutely amazing after all these years that we’re still together.

Taken 1940 at Christ church , Bexleyheath  l to r Albert and Mable Chapman (Frederick' s mum and dad),Ronald Chapman (Frederick's brother) , Frederick and Josephine, Louise and Mathew Farnes (Josephine's mum and dad) and Kathleen Farnes (Josephine's sister)

“You don’t imagine a marriage to last so long.

“We’ve got nothing in the world to moan about.”

The couple dated for four years after marrying in 1940 following their meeting at Mrs Chapman’s cousin’s birthday party in East Dulwich.

When Mrs Chapmman met her future husband, she was 17-years-old. She added: “I was at my cousins birthday party and he was there, I liked the look of him and that was it.”

Josephine and Federick Chapman celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary

They both moved to Bexley in 1970 where they purchased their home in Crayford for just £6,500. Mr Chapman worked in his father’s butchers shop in Crook Log, Bexleyheath, during which time his wife was working in the city as a typist and doing account work. They have two daughters, four grandchildren and now have five great grandchildren.

We are very pleased with life, Mrs Chapman said. “We’ve never had a big row, we disagree on things but we’re never horrible to one another.”

Mr Chapman added: “The key to a long lasting marriage is definitely patience. We’ve had our ups and downs but no rows.”

“My daughters haver arranged all the celebrations and I am sure it will be a lovely surprise.”

Their daughter, Anne Buttery, 62, from Erith said: “They’re as good as gold. They’ve been wonderful parents and done everything for us and now we’re doing it for them.”

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