60 years for Hertfordshire couple who met at holiday camp
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 October 2011
WHEN Frank Kent shouted out to his girlfriend, ‘what do you want for your birthday?’ as his train was pulling away from the station near where Vera lived, little did she know he’d got something extra special in mind – an engagement ring.
And within a few months the couple had tied the knot.
Now, 60 years on, Frank and Vera, who live in Welham Green, have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with their close family.
They first met when Frank was on holiday at Pontins Holiday Camp in Weston-Super-Mare and Vera was a waitress at the site, which was one of the first Pontins in the country.
After courting for a while – with Frank, who was living in North London, paying regular visits to Vera, in Wales – they married on September 22 at St Margaret’s Church, in Edgware.
A honeymoon at Babbacombe, in Devon, followed, before they went on to live at Frank’s family home.
In 1954 they moved to Pooleys Lane, where the parents of two have stayed ever since and still share some original neighbours.
Vera, 79, said at the time they had so little money that they didn’t have any furniture and had to sit on the floor.
“That’s just how it was back then,” Vera, who worked as a carer for 25 years until she retired aged 77, said. “You just made the best of what you had. And you worked hard at it.
“I think part of the secret of being together so long is hard work, as well as give and take – he gives and I take!” she joked.
“I don’t believe anyone who says they don’t have any arguments, because you always will. We are both different people, a bit like chalk and cheese I suppose, but maybe that’s why it has worked!”
Sheet metal worker Frank also retired aged 77, working as handy-man at Aylett Nursery.
“I think our generation appreciated things more back when we started courting, as you really had to work for it,” the Royal Naval Association treasurer for 15 years added.
These days the grandparents of three and great-grandparents of six enjoy going on holiday together and spending time with their family.
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