Newport couple celebrate platinum wedding anniversary

Britain was celebrating the coronation of King George VI when Arthur and Rose Howes first set eyes on each other.

Newport couple celebrate platinum wedding anniversary

Britain was celebrating the coronation of King George VI when Arthur and Rose Howes first set eyes on each other.

And it was love at first sight when they met at a street party in 1937.

Five years later the couple were married and yesterday they celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

The couple from Newport, who are both in their 90s, were married in 1942 at a church in Staffordshire

Retired mechanic Arthur was 26 and Rose, a former nurse, was 22 at the time.

Mrs Howes, 92, said: "I went to the party in the Fulford parish and as I walked past Arthur began singing Rosemary I Love You. My mother said that boy is singing to you but we weren't even courting at the time. Later that evening we had been talking and I was sat on his knee.

"I started talking about a woman who I thought had a funny laugh and Arthur turned around and said that's my mother. I thought I'd had it then. But he said he still wanted to take me on a date.

"We agreed on a day and said if it was wet we would get the 7.20pm bus and if it was dry we would go for a walk."

During the war Mr Howes, 96, worked repairing RAF vehicles and Mrs Howes was a first-aid nurse before they tied the knot.

In 1954 they had a spell as landlords at The Black Horse Pub in Wellington before leaving for The Royal Oak in Culmington in 1955.

They returned to The Black Horse in 1957 before resuming their careers as a mechanic and nurse – with Mrs Howes taking a job at Newport's Cottage Care Hospital.

The couple, who have two daughters, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, will celebrate 70 years of marriage with a family party at the weekend.

And Mr Howes had some advice for anyone thinking about getting married today.

He said: "Be lenient and learn that you have to both give and take.

"Don't be afraid to get into a row but if you fall out always fall back in again.

"Look out for one another and give it everything you can."

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