Britain's most romantic man, who is a World War II veteran, has attributed the success of his marriage to buying his wife flowers every week for 70 years.
Jack Mills from Cambridgeshire has managed to keep his wife Millie sweet by handing her more than 3,000 bouquets of flowers in the seven decades they have been together. The couple celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on Thursday.
The War veteran first laid eyes on 88-year-old Millie at the age of 18 and flipped a penny with his friend to decide which of the pair would ask her out on a date. Mills won the toss and the couple, who are now great grandparents to 12, have been happily married ever since.
When the charming OAP started his weekly gesture, back in the 1940s, a bunch of flowers cost just one shilling, compared to 5-pounds now. Although the eternal romantic admits he would occasionally hand-pick blooms from a meadow if he had time, or didn't have enough cash to buy any.
"The secret of a long marriage is caring for each other and sharing. And for me that is buying Millie flowers," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. "I get Millie whichever flowers are in season at the time and always red roses on Valentine's day.
"When we were first courting and I didn't have much money I used to pick buttercups and daisies to give her. "It's money well spent. It's just natural if you like someone you would spend you last ha'penny on them. "The secret to a long, happy marriage has to be a bit of give and take," Millie added.