A teenage love that started 60 years ago

Diamond wedding anniversary for Ron and Rose Harper in Hipperholme.
Diamond wedding anniversary for Ron and Rose Harper in Hipperholme.

A Hipperholme couple who met at a London youth club have celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary.

Ron and Rose Harper first met as 14-year-olds when Ron took shelter after getting into a scrape with some other youths.

However it wasn’t until Ron had completed his national service in the RAF that their romance blossomed.

“She didn’t take much notice of me at first as I was quite small and skinny but after I had completed my 16 weeks in the service I filled out a bit and from there on the rest is history,” said Ron.

They married at the All Hallows Church in Tottenham, London, on June 20, 1953, and rented a room in Rose’s mum’s house .

Rose, 82, worked as an office clerk and worked her way up to estimating clerk and Ron, 82, worked in the print trade in Fleet Street .

Now retired, and moved to Yorkshire 26 years ago, Ron is long term member of Brighouse Art Circle and Rose is a member of the Town’s Woman’s Guild.

The family orientated couple - Ron is the eldest of eight children and Rose is the middle child of seven - are celebrating their special day with a family meal at the Holiday Inn.

The couple have four daughters, one which lives on the opposite side of the world in New Zealand and another who lives on the same street as them on South Edge Terrace, Hipperholme.

They also have ten grandchildren and five great grand children and another one is on the way.