Nadat die tannetjie die eerste keer nee gesê, het hulle (albei na ‘n huwelik met iemand anders), getrou.
They say that true love never dies and that certainly seems the case for one pair of newly weds.
Michael Fitter and Mary Oaten first met in a London church during the final years of the Second World War and enjoyed a brief romance.
But after Michael proposed Mary rejected his proposal saying it was ‘too soon’.
A long time waiting: Michael and Mary Fitter from Bristol married in Keynsham, Bristol today – 65 years after his first proposal
Now 65 years later the couple have finally tied the knot, both at the grand age of 81.
Despite having both married other people and having families the childhood sweethearts never lost touch and sent each other a Christmas card every year.
Michael always ‘carried a torch’ for his old flame and when they were both widowed last year the couple agreed to meet up.
Love blossomed and Michael asked for her hand – and this time Mary said ‘yes’.
Retired primary school teacher Michael said: ‘I popped the question quite early on. Then in due course, with a little guidance from the Lord, Mary could see that this was the right thing to do.
Young love: Michael and Mary aged 20 in 1948 at the time of their romance
‘I’ve always carried a little flame in my heart for her. When we both became single, I quickly realised that this is the person for me.
‘We have so much in common – the same spiritual values, the same business outlook. We laugh and joke and are both on the same lines.’
Speaking at the wedding on Saturday Mary said: ‘It’s been a great day and it’s really nice to see all the families here together.
‘It’s been a long time coming but it’s been a special day.’
The pair became good friends after they first met at church in Hayes in the London borough of Bromley in the mid 1940’s.
Michael, of Keynsham, near Bristol, added: ‘I used to meet her on her way home from school. I’d wait for her at the crossways and we’d cycle home together.
‘We would go to the church youth club together, but we were too young and although I wasn’t happy about it, the time wasn’t right.’
Mary went on to marry husband John, a farmer, in the early mid 1950’s and had three children. Michael married Margaret in 1953 and had two children.
Michael’s wife, Margaret, died in February 2008 at the age of 79, and Mary’s husband, John, died four months later at the age of 87.
He wrote to Mary and asked if the pair would meet up – and 65 years after his first proposal plucked up the courage to ask again.
Mary said yes and on Saturday they wed at St Dunstan’s RC Church, Keynsham, Bristol, in front of 50 family and friends.
Michael and Mary, who has a house in Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos., have five children and seven grandchildren between them.
Michael’s grandchildren Kate Mawditt, 24, and Hannah Mawditt, 21, were bridesmaids at the wedding.
But his son Christopher, 53, a doctor in Philadelphia, could not attend as his wife has just had twins.
Michael’s daughter Julia, who was at the service, said: ‘It was a fantastic day and they are both extremely happy.
‘It’s fantastic that true love can blossom at their age.’
Mary’s three children, Susie, Jenny and Fifi also attended the service on Saturday.
Newly-weds Michael and Mary were whisked away to the romantic spa town of Bath to enjoy a three day honeymoon.