50 happy years for Sedgebrook couple John and Rosemary
A teenager given a one-hour curfew extension by her parents to go to a Saturday night dance made the most of the opportunity.
She was brought home in a smart motor car driven by a handsome young man - and within the deadline of 11pm, which meant she was able to see him again.
The meeting, at a disco of its day in a school hall In Hayes, Middlesex, happened more than 50 years ago and was recalled this week by Rosemary and John Godfrey, who are celebrating their golden wedding.
Rosemary, 68, and John, 69, will be marking the milestone on Saturday with a coach ride and three-hour cruise on the Trent for 40 friends and family, followed by a party at their home in Sedgebrook.
Rosemary remembers the couple’s first meeting. She said: “John was the first person I had met with a car, althpough I didn’t know that when I first saw him. I just though he was very attractive.
“Moon River, by Johnny Mathis, is our tune so that may have been playing that night.
“I remember my parents let me stay out an extra hour that night, and mum was waving at me to come in at the window when John pulled up in his Austin Cambridge.”
John’s work at the time took him around the country and Rosemary worked as a shorthamnd typist in a bank.
After an 18-month courtship the couple married at Perivale in Middlesex.
At the suggestion of a friend, they moved from a flat in Middlesex to Grimsby because it offered them the opportunity to buy their own house and John set up a plumbing business.
They moved to their present home in Sedgebrook 42 years ago, when John had the chance to expand his business in the area.
The couple have loved living in the village and all three of their children went to the local school - Paul, 48, a charge nurse in theatre, Andrew, 43, who works in the printing industry, and Lisa 41, a practice nurse.
John played football for Sedgebrook FC and enjoys fishing, and Rosemary tended neighbours’ gardens in the village until recently.
The couple, who have six grandchildren, say one of their greatest shared pleasures has been taking family holidays in a touring caravan.
Hitching up and heading off for weekend was a great chance for the family to be close and for the couple to escape the intense pressures of running the business.
Rosemary said: “We were so young when we married that I think a few people thought we wouldn’t last. But we have proved them wrong. We have been very lucky.”
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