Couple celebrate 70 years of marriage after she fainted into the arms of a stranger as the first bombs of World War II began to fall
18:25 GMT, 18 December 2012
Bessie Cameron literally 'fell' for her husband of seventy years – she fainted into his arms when the first bombs fell in 1940 – and they are now celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
She says the spark between them hasn't changed from that moment outside the Coliseum cinema in Barrow, Cumbria.
She and John Roland 'Roly' Fry wed two years later.
She said: 'It was the day after the first bomb on Prospect Road, where I worked. I was still shaken about it.'
Bessie Cameron 'fell' for her a stranger – she fainted into his arms when the first bombs fell in 1940 – and they're now celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary
Outside the cinema in a doorway Mrs Fry fainted.
When she became conscious again she found Mr Fry had come to her rescue. Mrs Fry, 92, said: 'We are still in love today definitely.'
Mr Fry joked: 'She fell for me right away.'
Mrs Fry said: 'It was love at first sight. As soon as I saw him I liked him.'
The couple, who still live in Barrow, married shortly after they met and had two sons together.
They say they're just as in love as the moment they met.
'We were together about 18 months before we got married'
Mrs Fry said: 'We were together about 18 months before we got married.'
They were wed in the Barrow register office on December 19, 1942. Mrs Fry, who was 22 when they married, said on the wedding day she wore a 'little coat and a dress'.
However, as it was during the war, she didn't have a 'fancy' dress.
After they were married, Mr Fry went to college to learn to cook for Mrs Fry. Tomorrow, Mr Fry, 90, will be cooking his wife her favourite meal, chicken with all the trimmings, and they will spend some quality time with just the two of them together.
The couple met when Bessie fainted into John's arms when the first bombs fell in 1940 outside the Coliseum cinema on Prospect Road in Barrow, Cumbria
Mrs Fry said she was looking forward to the big day, although the pair won't be throwing a party. She said: 'We just want to be together.'
The pair have spent many happy times together in their 70 years of marriage. Mrs Fry said: 'He has made me very happy.'
She said among her favourite memories of their time together are the times they went on holiday.
She said: 'We used to go camping in the Lake District. We have had some lovely holidays.'
Now celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, the spark between them 'hasn't changed'
Mrs Fry said she was looking forward to the big day. She said: 'We just want to be together'