Welwyn Garden City childhood sweethearts celebrate 60 years together
A Welwyn Garden City couple who fell in love as teenagers and still tell each other “I love you” every day are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Rose, 78, and Ted Richardson, 82, of Hardings, met when she was 13 and he was 16 while roller skating.
Ted, who grew up in Burgundy Croft, would travel weekly to the skating facility in London, where Rose lived in Tottenham.
The Spurs fan said Ted would always steal her pom pom hat as a way of flirting and the pair gradually got to know each other during their dates.
In 1958 they married on March 29 and went on to have four sons, nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Their sons Steve, 57, Simon, 55, Andrew, 52, and Adrian, 48, all went on to marry and have given their parents four daughters-in-law who Rose says she loves just as if they were her own.
They put their lasting relationship down to “genuinely loving each other”.
Rose, who worked as a carer with the elderly, said: “Ted tells me he loves me every single day without fail.
“We cuddle every day too.”
They also put their successful relationship down to having “the most amazing family” who mostly live close by in the borough.
Rose never got to experience a hen night so recently the women of the family got together to throw her a surprise one in the Red Lion in Hatfield.
Rose said: “It was just amazing. They got penis shaped everything including straws.”
Ted, who worked in the funeral business, and Rose paid £9.10 for a three-tier cake on their wedding day and £2.10 for Rose’s bouquet.
One of their most difficult times was when Steve and Simon joined the Navy at just 16 years old and would sometimes go a year without seeing their parents.
Steve, on behalf of his three younger brothers, expressed how they all felt so very lucky to have been brought up in such a loving and solid family unit.
He said: “They lead the way in how we should act and conduct ourselves, and I would like to think as we are now adults with families of our own we are now passing on that good guidance to their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Congratulations mum and dad from all the family for an amazing 60 years of marriage, and may you both have many more healthy, happy years in the future.”