Diamond anniversary for Welwyn Garden City couple

PUBLISHED: 08:42 28 July 2012

Sean and Ellen Brophy

Sean and Ellen Brophy


A COUPLE who met at the former cottage hospital in WGC have celebrated 60 years of marriage this week.

Sean and Ellen Brophy married at St Bonaventure’s Church, WGC, on July 26, 1952.

Now 86, Sean was born in Co Offaly, Ireland, and moved to England in 1950 where he worked in the building construction industry.

Ellen (nee O’Donoghue), 84, who was born in Co Waterford, Ireland, had come to England two years previously to work as a student nurse.

Later in her career she worked at the cottage hospital in Church Road – now The Doctors Tonic pub – and it is here they met.

Ellen finished her working life in the postal services department of Smith, Kline & French, now better known as GlaxoSmithKline.

Sean started building work on the Haldens housing estate and later on the couple and their young family moved into one of the actual houses he had helped build.

Their five children have ‘flown the nest’ long ago, but Sean and Ellen still live in that same house today.

The couple had a romantic return to the church they married in for a mass service to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

This was followed by a family meal with their family – as well as five kids, they also have 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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