A Mildenhall couple separated by hospital stays in neighbouring counties were reunited for their 70th wedding anniversary.
Family members worked tirelessly on arrangements to bring Eugene Hiluk from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, to his wife, June’s, bedside at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, for their special anniversary on Tuesday July 15.
Plans are now in hand for them to be together at a nursing home in Risby. Eugene, a ‘very grateful’ 94-year-old war veteran, said: “From the first day I met my wife I thought she was a princess.
“You either marry for love or for convenience. I married for a very long, deep love and I retain that today - I love her today like I did 70 years ago, no different whatsoever.”
The couple met in Burwell in 1942, Eugene, a Polish soldier and June, now aged 87, a London evacuee.
Eugene, former secretary of the Mildenhall branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “I was on the back of a lorry and I saw her walking on the main street and I said to myself what a corker - absolutely gorgeous.
“I didn’t know at the time she was only 15 years of age, but when I disembarked I met her again and I said ‘are you coming for a walk with me’ and she said ‘yes’.”
They married two years later, on the eve of Eugene being posted overseas, in Burwell’s St Mary’s Church. It was only when signing the register that he found out his bride had lied about her age and was in fact two years younger.
He put it down to a ‘mutual understanding’ they had to be together.
They went on to have two sons and a daughter and now have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.