Bridlington duo’s war time love story reaches milestone

Frank and Betty Catt on their wedding day
Frank and Betty Catt on their wedding day

A Bridlington couple have celebrated their platinum anniversary this week after 70 years of marriage together.

Frank Catt, 93, was serving in the RAF and Betty, 92, worked in the munitions factory before the NAAFI when their paths crossed for ther first time.

Frank and Betty Catt celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary

Frank and Betty Catt celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary

The pair met in an RAF NAAFI Cafe and Frank recalled when the couple first met. He said: “I walked into the NAAFI Cafe and I remember Betty saying ‘Hello, can I help you?’ I know a lot of people say this but it really was love at first sight.”

The Priory Church in Bridlington was the venue for their happy day on 19 August 1944.

Frank moved to Bridlington from Hastings, Sussex with his family and Betty was born in Burton Fleming before moving to Bridlington when she was two. The pair now live in their home on Martins Grove Bridlington.

Frank and Betty celebrated their anniversary with family by going to the North Star in Flamborough for a meal.

The couple have a son Dennis, 69, who lives on St Jude Road in Bridlington. He said: “It is such an achievement to reach this landmark. They have always been together and you could say they are inseperable. They do everything together from bowls to gardening.”

They also have two grandchildren Stephen, 43, and Jayne, 40, and two great-grandchildren Aerin, 12, and Hayden aged 10.

The couple’s love for one another is still strong. Frank said: “I love her to bits, right from day one. We have had our arguments, who hasn’t?, but we love one another. We work together and play together.”

In their free time, Mr and Mrs Catt enjoyed playing bowls at Westgate Bowling Club where Frank was a trustee for 19 years and Betty was on the committee for 14 years.

Betty said: “I am so pleased we have been together this long. We have been very happy together and I hope this is the case for years to come.”