A COUPLE who were given a 50-50 chance of the husband surviving after a brain haemorrhage a few months into their marriage have just reached their diamond wedding anniversary.
Boston-born Rose, 80, and Roy Kelly, 82, of Argyle Street, Boston, met after Roy left the army and rejoined his old employer The Co-operative.
While on a job at Beaulah’s Canning Factory, Boston, he saw Rose, who was in charge of the canteen.
He joined the factory as a lorry driver and they were wed on January 27, 1951.
But, just a few months after they were married Roy suffered a brain haemorrhage and was left unconscious.
Fortunately, after a month he pulled through.
Rose said: “It was a 50-50 chance I’d have him home, but I got him for 60 years.”
They were also made redundant from Beaulah’s when it closed but Rose found a new job at Norprint and, after staying to help the auctioneers sell equipment from the factory, Roy soon followed.
They enjoy watching television and reading books and Roy likes to have a pint while Rose plays bingo at Boston’s Gliderdrome, four nights a week.
Rose said: “I don’t think there’s many people our age who get in at 12.30-1am.”
So, what’s the secret to a happily married life? Rose looked at Roy and he said: “Let her have her way.”
Rose and Roy celebrated their anniversary with a meal in Cowbridge organised by family friends and Rose thanked everyone who sent the pair cards.
l Have you recently celebrated a major milestone? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.