Man Proposes to His Love 70 Years After Separating

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Man Proposes to His Love 70 Years After Separating
Wed 06-04-2016

A World War Two veteran who split up from his fiancé after suffering from shell-shock after the war is getting married to her more than 70 years later.

Roy Vickerman broke up with Nora Jackson in 1946 after he struggled to adjust to civilian life after being wounded by a Nazi sniper.

For 70 years, Roy bitterly regretted losing his wartime sweetheart.

Incredibly, after enlisting the help of his local radio station he was reunited with her after discovering they lived just two miles apart.

They discovered their partners had since died and were now single so they picked up where they they left off in the 1940s.

On March 26 this year he proposed to Nora on his 90th birthday - with the same engagement ring he first gave her 72 years ago.

Describing their emotional reunion, dad-of-two Roy, from Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, said: "I thought, I won't go round because of her husband."

"I didn't know if she was still married and I didn't want to upset anything."

"I thought about it for a week. I got into a taxi with a big bunch of flowers and I told the driver to wait for me. I said I would only be a couple of minutes."

"She had no idea I was coming round."

"When I rang the doorbell I saw Nora through the curtains."

"She came to the door and said 'Oh, Roy'. She put her arms around me and gave me a kiss and said 'Hold me'."

"That moment was fantastic. Four hours later I had to tell the taxi driver I was staying."

"I've lived in the same house for 40 years and Nora's been in her home for 40 years."

"We use the same shops and even go to the same chiropodist but in all that time we've never bumped into each other."

"I see her every day now."

Roy, who has two grandchildren, tracked Nora down after calling radio DJ Graham Torrington's late night love music show last June.

After hearing his story, the show's producers used the electoral register to find an address for Nora and passed it onto Roy.

And after an emotional reunion, the couple are now planning a summer wedding.