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RAF Matchmaker Gives Couple 70 Years Of Happy Marriage

A married couple are celebrating 70 years together after they were set up by a friend in the RAF.

RAF Matchmaker Gives Couple 70 Years Of Happy Marriage SWNS

Megan and Denis Bollington first met in their 20s after being introduced by an RAF friend. (Picture: SWNS)

A devoted couple are celebrating 70 years together after they were set up by a friend in the Royal Air Force.

Megan, 92, and Denis Bollington, 93, got engaged within two weeks of meeting and say they have never had an argument.

But it would not have been possible without an RAF friend who was married to Megan's sister.

Megan, who lived in Wales, had come to see her sister Betty in London over Easter, and stayed with Denis’s family - where it was love at first sight.

When they first met, Megan, was 21 and Denis, was 22, they were living with Denis’s parents in London, as they had nowhere to go during the war.

They were both serving during WWII, Denis was in the RAF and Megan was in the Women's Land Army.

Megan, 92, and Denis Bollington, 93, SWNS
Before Denis was sent away for work, he left Megan a note which asked her to marry him. (Picture: SWNS)

The pair then started writing to each other until they met again on Whitsun weekend at the end of May in 1948. 

This is when Denis was able to propose in person.

Denis said: "We just loved each other, it’s difficult to explain but we wrote about 50 letters to each other, and we still have them."

Megan added: "There was just something there, I don’t know what it was but I wouldn’t want my life to be any different.

"When I first met Denis it was at Easter. On the Easter Monday, he had to go back to Southampton where he was based, but I didn’t have to go back to Wales until the Wednesday.

"It took a while for me to say yes as I didn’t see him again until the end of June."

Megan, 92, and Denis Bollington, 93, SWNS
After the engagement Denis spent two weeks meeting Megan’s family in Wales - they then wedded on 31 July 1948. (Picture: SWNS)

On leaving the RAF, Denis worked for Ordnance Survey, having trained as a land surveyor.

Since they have been married they have kept their letters together in date order in a tin wrapped in a bow.

Megan, 92, and Denis Bollington, 93, WITH FAMILY SWNS
The couple has four children - Brian, 68, Denise, 66, Paul, 60 and Lynn, 57. (Picture: SWNS)