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Barnsley couple voted the ultimate Yorkshire Love Story

A Barnsley couple who were reunited after 60 years have been voted the ultimate ‘Yorkshire Love Story’.

Fred Wilcock and Brenda Loy, now aged 81 and 82 respectively, were separated by Fred’s overseas military service in 1948.

They had been best friends growing up in Hoyland from the ages of four to 17.

But then Fred joined the RAF – and both went on to have successful, long-lasting marriages, while living just 30 miles apart.

But they met again following the death of Fred’s wife – and¬†their love bloomed once more.

Their extraordinary, heart-warming story has been recognised – after Brenda entered a competition organised by The Civic in Barnsley.

The competition was launched in August with the intention of finding a local love story that might compete with the Tin Soldier – a tale of a one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a paper ballerina.

Fred and Brenda emerged the winners – and The Civic will treat them to the UK premiere of romantic play The Tin Soldier this Christmas.

Ian Morley, the Theatre Programmer at The Civic, said: “There could be only one winner. It’s a fairy-tale story and we’re looking forward to welcoming them as our guests for the opening.”

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