A widow told how her "soulmate" husband of 75 years died in her arms on Valentine's Day.

Jenny Laurence said husband Percy, 93, passed away as she told him how much she loved and adored him. The two met at 15 and married in 1944.

The pair collected eight cards from the Queen in recognition of their marriage, with so many anniversaries that go beyond the list of traditional gifts.

Paying tribute, Jenny said: "He was my soulmate. I was honoured to be his wife.

"We were looking forward to the next one [anniversary] which would have been our 76th.

Jenny was 'honoured to be his wife'

"He died in my arms, with me telling him how much I loved him."

Born in 1926 in Mongeham and raised in neighbouring Walmer, Percy met Jenny when they were both 15.

He was walking along Deal promenade on his way to Air Training Corps while she was with a friend. Three years later, in the same place, he proposed.

They had been looking forward to their 76th anniversary

He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) for three years at the age of 17, and served in India, Singapore, and Japan. They married at St Mary's Church, Walmer, on November 1, 1944.

Percy then worked as a butcher in Ramsgate and later ran his own shop 'Percy's Family Butcher Shop' in Canterbury for 10 years before retirement.

Jenny said her husband loved work, enjoyed cooking, and had great affection for his garden.

The couple had one daughter together, Brenda, who died in 2008.

They received their first card from Buckingham Palace to mark their diamond anniversary in 2004, followed by others on their 65th, 70th and then every year since.

Speaking at the time of their 75th anniversary in November 2019, they said they felt so lucky to still have each other.

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Jenny added: "We just lived for each other.

"We looked after other all of the time. He made me feel wonderful."

Percy's funeral will be held at Barham Crematorium on Monday, March 9.