Joan and Douglas Hawkins were pupils at Sparkhill Commercial School in Birmingham when they first met, aged 14 and 15.
That was a remarkable 79 years ago.
Joan, 93, and Douglas, 94, also lived at opposite ends of the same street – Alexander Road in Edgbaston.
Now the pair – who were described as the Midlands’ most romantic couple when they toasted 70 years of marriage – are looking forward to marking their 75th anniversary with their family of two sons, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
They got married on June 17, 1939, at Edgbaston Old Church and went to Bournemouth for their honeymoon.
And their tips for a long and happy marriage?
Mutual understanding, a passion for dancing and hard work, of course.
This week marks fifty years since the Flying Scotsman retired from public duty, after steaming through the Midlands on its daily run from London to Edinburgh.
For years their coaches have ferried people the length and breadth of the country.
Trips to the seaside, students to and from university, grandparents to see their grandchildren.
But now National Express is celebrating its very own landmark after 40 years in business.
It is the 40th anniversary of Birmingham-based National Express. The coach service was launched in 1972 with around 300 coaches in operation across the UK.
Around 17-million journeys are made every year.