Then and now - Audrey and Nat Williams

A Lichfield couple are celebrating 72 years of marriage.

Then and now – Audrey and Nat Williams

Nat and Audrey Williams married on March 23, 1946 in Walsall, but made their home in the city more than 70 years ago.

The pair, now aged 95 and 94, raised eight children and now have 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

The couple have put their longevity down to “five a day – trust, tolerance, tenacity, teamwork and selflessness”.

Nat and Audrey have become familiar figures in the city, being involved with a number of groups of the years, including Lichfield Operatic Society, St Mary’s, Lichfield Rambler’s Association and St Chad’s Church.

A family spokesperson said: “They met at a dance in Walsall Town Hall in 1942 eventually getting engaged on September 17. For their wedding reception, family and friends saved ration coupons in order to buy a piece of ham.”

Arthur trained with the RAF in Winnipeg, Canada, going on to fly a number of aircraft to Prestwick via Iceland and then onwards to North Africa the Middle East and India.

But he also jumped aboard other aircraft to catch a lift to RAF Shawbury and spend a few days leave in Walsall when he could.

After leaving the RAF, Arthur spent more than 30 years as a teacher at Whittington Barracks School, St Michael’s in Lichfield and in Chase Terrace.

Roger added: “He has now received a pension for more years than he worked!”


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