Trudy and Barclay Patoir's inspirational love story

Trudy and Barclay Patoir's inspirational love story

Trudy and Barclay Patoir met over 70 years ago during World War Two (when mixed-race relationships were still frowned upon) and they have recently opened up on the challenges they faced.

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Trudy and Barclay Patoir

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Trudy (96) said to BBC: "When I told them at work they thought I was daft marrying a black man. They all said, 'It won't last you know,' because it was a mixed-race marriage. I think some people thought I was marrying beneath myself."

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Trudy found a new job which forced her to work with 'coloured people' and that was how she met Barclay. Barclay (97) came from South America to the UK to work there.

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Trudy said: "He stood on one side of the wings with a drill and I stood on the other side with the dolly. I was frightened to death of him - I'm not frightened of him now! We didn't speak for a while and then he started to bring me a cup of tea, and then he started bringing me sandwiches."

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For their first date, Trudy said: "I took him to Southport on the train. We got some dirty looks then. I could tell some people were talking about us on the train but we took no notice, did we dear? I didn't tell my mother when I was going to see Barclay."

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The couple back in the day

In 1940, racism was very much apparent in Liverpool. Trudy says: "I didn't tell my mother when I was going to see Barclay. She thought I was going in to town to meet the girls. She had noticed I was very happy but she didn't know why. "When she did find out she threatened to throw me out the house."

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"I knew then that I couldn't live without Barclay, but I didn't dare tell anybody for months." In 1944, Trudy eventually told Barclay she would like to marry him.

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However, a priest at the local Catholic church in Liverpool refused to perform the service. Trudy said: "He said, 'There's so many coloured men coming over here and going back home leaving the women with children. So I'm not marrying you.' We were upset about that."

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The couple ended up marrying at the Liverpool Register Office. The couple then went to live in Manchester. They eventually got married by a local Catholic there.

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The couple on their 70th wedding anniversary in 2014.

The couple now have two children, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. On their relationship, Trudy said: "Barclay and I discuss things if we don't agree. We never really had a big argument. We're so used to each other, we don't aggravate each other."

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Barclay concluded: "Trudy is genuine, she's a partner. Every morning I wake up I thank the Lord for having such a good wife."

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