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WAR SWEETHEARTS; Couple who met during bombing raid celebrate 68 years of marriage.

Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG

THEIR hearts melted below the flare of German bombs.

And now Alice and Raymond Hudson are set to celebrate an incredible 68 years of wedded bliss.

Their lives were thrown together during a Second World War Nazi bombing raid over Newcastle.

Mesmerised by the glowing sky over the city, Raymond dashed into the general store in Western Avenue, Elswick, where Alice worked.

The Forth Goods Station, near where Newcastle Arena now stands, had come under attack and was ripped apart by fire. Little did the young engineer at Reay Gearworks in Hebburn and Armstrong's know he was to meet his sweetheart as crowds gazed at an orange sky.

Alice, 90, and Raymond, 92, of East Denton, Newcastle, married on May 9 1940 in the Catholic Apostolic Church, Gloucester Street, Elswick.

The newly weds then celebrated with family and friends at Newcastle's County Hotel, now the Thistle Hotel, opposite Central Station. The happy couple have two daughters, Margaret and Carol, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with another on the way.

Alice said: "We've had a wonderful marriage. We are friends as well as husband and wife. We have a lovely family and we couldn't have asked for anything else. I thought Raymond was a nice lad when we met and I was right. He thinks the world of me and I think the world of him."

None of the family would be here if it wasn't for Alice's quick thinking during one air raid. An incendiary bomb came down their chimney in Angerton Gardens, Fenham, as five-week-old Margaret slept in the front room. Alice put it out by covering it with ash in the grate.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2008
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