Trudy and Barclay Patoir met during World War Two at a time when mixed-race relationships were still taboo. More than 70 years later they reveal the obstacles they had to overcome to stay together.
When Trudy Menard and Barclay Patoir told friends and family they were going to get married, no-one thought it was a good idea – because Trudy was white and Barclay was black.
“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,” says Trudy.
“I think some people thought I was marrying beneath myself.”
When the couple had first met, a year or so earlier, Trudy admits she too had been uneasy.
“I had been working at Bryant and May’s match factory, but it got bombed in the Blitz,” says Trudy, now 96.
“I needed a new job and was told they …