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70-year marriage on Her Majesty’s approval for Leo

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The man who met the Queen several times to design her Royal Train is to receive a VIP telegram from Her Majesty - to celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary.

Wolverton Works veteran Leo Coleman wed wartime sweetheart Joyce in 1944, on a 48 hour pass from the Army Service Corps.

Today the pair, both aged 92, are in love as ever – and also more active than many people half their age.

Leo still gives talks locally on his experience as project manager for the building of the Royal Train in 1974.

His job, which earned him a Silver Jubilee Medal, involved discussions with the Queen about her requirements and accompanying her on the train.

“We had a telegram from Her Majesty on our 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries. I’m not sure whether she remembers me or not after all these years,” said Leo, who is former president of the Stony Stratford Bowls Club,

He and Joyce were both born in New Bradwell and have lived in nearby Wolverton for all their married life.

The couple, who are out most days of the week, put their longevity down to keeping busy. They will celebrate their big day with their two children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 

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