A wartime sweetheart celebrating her 70th wedding anniversary says the secret to a happy marriage is to “always let him think he’s right.”

Devoted Chislehurst couple, Eddie and Poppy Mills, aged 91 and 89 respectively, marked the milestone surrounded by friends and family at their care home, in Shepherds Green, yesterday (February 17).

The platinum pair, who married on February 17 1945, met in North Shields when Eddie was in the Royal Navy and Poppy was a lorry driver for the Wrens.

Eddie, who joined the Met Police after the war once they had moved to Catford, said his advice to all married men was to “do everything together”.

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The couple enjoyed champagne and cake with fellow residents and staff at the Prince George Duke of Kent Court care home, which is run by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.

The Mills, who have two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, also received a telegram from the Queen congratulating them on their anniversary.

Son Michael Mills, aged 67, of Pickhurst Park, Bromley, said: “My mother started crying as soon as she opened the envelope.

“I’ve never seen my father cry but he was sat shedding a few tears as well.

“It was a very, very good day – quite emotional.”

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Eddie and Poppy moved into the care home in February last year and enjoy musical events, trips out on the mini-bus and monthly bingo.

Sue Goodrich, the home's activity coordinator, said: “We were delighted to be able to take part in Ed and Poppy’s tremendous milestone.

“The Mills are a wonderful addition to our Home and the staff were thrilled to join the family and residents in celebrating their long marriage.”