John and Betty White-Howles with the papal blessing received on the occasion of their platinum wedding anniversary.

John and Betty celebrate 70 years of marriage

Uckfield couple John and Betty White-Howles are celebrating 70 years of marriage this week.

The platinum anniversary was on Tuesday but a party was hosted two days earlier for family and friends by their daughter Pauline Carless at her home in Halland.

John, 92, and Betty 93, have five children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


John and Betty White-Howles celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with their family.

The couple were honoured with a Papal blessing from Pope Francis presented to them by Father Ian at St Philip’s Catholic Church, Uckfield, and received a card from the Queen.

Betty was born in Finchley, North London, and John in Bexhill. The couple met through Betty’s brother who was at Finchley Grammar School next door a Catholic convent school attended by Betty.


John and Betty White-Howles cut a cake to mark their platinum wedding anniversary.

Betty worked as a hairdresser and moved away from the area but John was keen to stay in touch and the couple finally married on May 1, 1948, after John finished wartime service with RAF aircrew.

Throughout their married life they have lived in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex.  Until recent years Betty enjoyed knitting and was previously an Avon lady and John has fond memories of his time in the RAF. He found a pleasure in walking during his retirement.

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