FORGET Love Island’s Wes and Meg. Meet Des and Meg, a couple who got engaged within two weeks of meeting and have never had a single argument in 70 years of marriage.
Megan and Denis Bollington wed within three months of that first meeting after a courtship by love letter. And the lovebirds have kept all 129 of the missives they sent each other.
Denis, 93, said: ‘We were attracted to each other, it just came naturally. 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, 92, said: ‘There was just something there, I don’t know what it was but I wouldn’t want my life to be any different.’
The couple met through an RAF pal of Denis, who was married to Megan’s sister Betty. At Easter 1948, Megan, then 21, travelled from her home in Wales to visit Betty and her husband who were staying with Denis’s parents in London. Denis was there too — and it was love at first sight.
Megan recalls: ‘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. When I got home there was a letter from Denis and he proposed in that.’ They exchanged love letters until they met again on the Whitsun weekend in June — and they wed on July 31, 1948.
The couple went on to have four children — Brian, 68, Denise, 66, Paul, 60 and Lynn, 57 — and now live in Colchester, Essex.
And their joint secret of a lifetime romance? ‘Have real love, stick together when things are difficult,’ they said. ‘Help each other through the difficult times — and being tolerant with each other.’ You can’t argue with that.