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March 18, 2014

Same Valentine’s Day card for 70 years


There’s no danger of 88-year-old Harry Ward forgetting his wife Doris’s Valentine’s Day card – the couple still use the same one he bought her 70 years ago.

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When 17-year-old Harry Ward presented his sweetheart Doris with a Valentine’s Day card as he boarded a train to join the wartime effort on February 14, 1941, he must have been fairly confident his affections would be requited.


After all the couple had been dating since they met in a Bristol café three months earlier.

But little can he have imagined that 70 years on, not only would he still be happily married to Doris, but that every year she would present him with the very same card he gave her at the railway station that Valentine’s day.

Now the card is set to make another appearance on the couple’s mantelpiece as Mrs Ward, 87, dusts it off in time for tomorrow’s celebrations.

“I bring it out of the cupboard and put it on our mantlepiece every Valentine’s Day,” she said. “It’s a special to me now as it was 70-years-ago. Harry has never bought me one since, because I have this one every year.”

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