Two women who met during First World War are still best pals!December 21st, 2008 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 21 (ANI): Two women, who became pals during the First World War when they were just three years old, are still best of friends 90 years later.
Dorothy Luxton and Vera Turner, who were both born in 1915, became friends in 1918, as the two were neighbors. They attended the same school in Sidbury, Devon.
Both the octogenarians enjoyed attending cookery classes together in the 1920s and both got married in 1939 the year the Second World War started.
Vera Turner married Frank Turner, who worked for her father Tom Anstis at his butcher’’s shop in Sidbury, while Luxton, formerly Gaut, wed Peter Luxton.
Mr and Mrs Luxton moved away from Sidbury and lived in a number of places close to his workplace.
Mrs Turner moved a few miles away to the seaside resort of Sidmouth and ran Anstis, the Woolbrook butcher’’s shop with her husband.
Despite not living near one another, the two friends kept in close touch over the years and both had three children. Turner had three boys, Bob, Roy and Steve.
When Dorothy’’s husband retired from his civil service position as assistant director, still connected with arms and ammunition, the Luxtons moved to Barn Hayes in Sidmouth, co-incidentally the two friends once again became close neighbours as Vera had lived in Barn Hayes for many years.
At the age of 93, both women are widowed, as Frank died six years ago and Peter died last year. Both are blessed with great grandchildren.
“They are both still very active and often take walks together that people 20 years their junior would shy away from, The Telegraph quoted Mrs. Vera Turners son Roy, as saying.
They walk from Barn Hayes to the library or seafront, walking along with their shopping trolleys, he added. (ANI)
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