Welwyn Hatfield diamond wedding couple go back in time

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 August 2018

Kay and Peter, sixty years apart. Picture: supplied/Danny Loo

Kay and Peter, sixty years apart. Picture: supplied/Danny Loo

supplied/Danny Loo

A Welwyn Hatfield couple on their diamond wedding anniversary have recreated their wedding day in Potters Bar as it was sixty years ago.

Above (L-R): Julie Cox, Cecil Cox, Jessie Cox, Peter, Kay, Terry Tozer, Daisy Tozer, Carole Tozer. Below: Kay and Peter in the same church doorway 60 years later. Pictures: supplied/Danny LooAbove (L-R): Julie Cox, Cecil Cox, Jessie Cox, Peter, Kay, Terry Tozer, Daisy Tozer, Carole Tozer. Below: Kay and Peter in the same church doorway 60 years later. Pictures: supplied/Danny Loo

When Kay Tozer caught Peter Cox’s eye at school, he used a time-worn schoolboy tactic to make the girls swoon: playground teasing.

Determined to get her attention, he stole Kay’s scarf and refused to give it back unless she let him walk her home.

Romance blossomed between the teen sweethearts and on August 16, 1958 they were married at King Charles the Martyr Church in Potters Bar.

Sixty years later to the day, the couple and their family revisited the church to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times covered their wedding back in 1958. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay CoxThe Welwyn Hatfield Times covered their wedding back in 1958. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay Cox

“They wanted to recreate the day as far as possible,” said their daughter Linda.

The day started with the postman bringing a card from Buckingham Palace bringing the Queen’s congratulations.

The royal greeting was followed by a hair appointment for Kay, and a family lunch at Oakmere House where they were joined by Kay’s brother Geoff, best man and his wife Tony and Mary Cox, and daughter Linda and her husband Mark.

Over at the church, the vicar was kind enough to let them in to reminisce about their big day, while the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ photographer captured the couple for posterity.

Kay and Peter Cox celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family at the King Charles the Martyr Church where they got married. Picture: DANNY LOOKay and Peter Cox celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family at the King Charles the Martyr Church where they got married. Picture: DANNY LOO

They then visited the Auckland Road house that Kay had set off from in 1968 to marry Peter.

In his younger days, Peter had been a well-known footballer for Finchley FC, and their wedding had made the local paper with the headline “Finchley Footballer Weds”.

The article, now a faded news clipping, noted Kay’s sumptuous wedding gown and her bouquet of pink and white roses and carnations.

By 1964, Peter had moved into the building trade and they moved into their current house at Welham Green, built by Peter himself.

Their original wedding photos from 1958. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay CoxTheir original wedding photos from 1958. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay Cox

There they raised four children: Linda, Joanne, Jeff and Rachel, who gave them grandchildren Martin, Matthew, Neil, Amanda and Poppy.

“They have many happy memories,” Linda told the WHT.

Kay, who after bringing up the family worked for BT and Vodafone, told the WHT that her secret to a marriage as strong as theirs was to have a sense of humour and to laugh a lot.

“Take care of one another,” she advised. “Always clear the air, and never stop putting in the effort.”

Sixty sparkling years: Peter and Kay after their diamond wedding anniversary. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay CoxSixty sparkling years: Peter and Kay after their diamond wedding anniversary. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay Cox

The celebratory whirl of activity last Thursday was followed by a family gathering on Saturday, August 18, with children, grandchildren and siblings at the Welham Green house they have lived in for over half a century.

“It was a busy tight schedule but it was worth it,” said Linda.

Peter and Kay with their card of congratulations from HM the Queen. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay CoxPeter and Kay with their card of congratulations from HM the Queen. Picture: supplied by Peter and Kay Cox

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