Hatfield couple celebrate 60 years
PUBLISHED: 09:30 04 September 2011
THEY say absence makes the heart grow fonder.
In Fred and Jean Olver’s case this must have been case, for just after they started courting Fred set off to Northern Ireland for a year in aid of work.
It was enough to persuade the couple into marriage.
Some 60 years on and the proof is in the pudding, for the couple celebrated their diamond anniversary on Saturday, August 20.
“It was clear that it was love, if after a year we still felt the same,” said Fred, 85.
“Back in those days you have to remember there was no text messaging and phone calls were rare.
“We used to write to each other once a week, and maybe speak on the phone on an odd occasion.”
The couple met at a Lancashire college where Fred was a horticultural teacher and Jean was on work experience. Fred then got a job in Northern Ireland before he returned home to Merseyside to marry Jean.
The couple had four children in Northern Ireland and lived there until 1974.
They eventually moved to St Albans Road West, near Fred’s new role at Oaklands College.
Fred retired in 1986 and went on to volunteer at Colney Heath Day Centre.
Since retiring, the grand-parents-of-three have enjoyed sharing many hobbies, including musical interests, but have also given themselves space to enjoy their own passions including Jean’s library role providing books to housebound people and Fred’s historical interests.
Jean, 81, added giving each other space, as well as their family’s support, was the key.
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