In July 1940 Winston Churchill had just become Prime Minister, King George VI was on the throne and Britain stood alone in the war with Germany. And in Great Harwood, Allan and Ethel Tomlinson had just got married.
Last week the couple celebrated their incredible 70th wedding anniversary at a party with all their family and friends.
Allan, 91, said of his marriage to Ethel, 89: "Seventy years is something quite special. We’re off the scale."
The couple, who live on Mallard Place in Oswaldtwistle, met when Allan decided to learn to dance.
He said: "Ethel used to teach dancing. I went up to learn to dance and I was just sitting there on my own. She came across, picked me up and started dancing and we’ve been together ever since."
Allan remembers the couple’s wedding on July 27 1940 very well, thanks to the weather.
He said: "It was a mixture of all the seasons. When the taxi went to pick Ethel up it was thunder and lightning but by the time she got to the church it was bright sunshine."
The couple were married at Great Harwood Free Church, which has since been pulled down, and honeymooned in Blackpool.
Allan said: "We’ve been lively enough. Ethel sang in all the clubs in our early years. I used to dance and roller skate."
Allan worked as a welder at Howard and Bullough and Ethel as a weaver before retiring to Oswaldtwistle.
They have three children, Allan, Brian and Karen, as well as five grand children and 14 great grandchildren.
Brian, 61, said: "I’m very proud of them, I love them to bits."
Karen, 49, said: "They’re fantastic, they're a great example for us all."
And family and friends gathered to celebrate the couple’s amazing achievement at the Greyhound Inn on Wyresdale Avenue on Sunday (July 25).
Allan said: "We’ve got the whole family together, it doesn't happen often enough."
Allan explained why he thought his and Ethel’s marriage had been so enduring. He said: "If you don't work 50/50 it’s a pointless struggle. You’ve got to give as much as you take.
"We’ve had lots of happy days together. We’re always ready for a good giggle and a good laugh."