Love letters sparked 60 years of romance

Patricia and David Rastrick, of Raistrick, celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary on March 26.
Patricia and David Rastrick, of Raistrick, celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary on March 26.

Love letters spanning thousands of miles sparked six diamond decades of marriage for a Rastrick couple.

Patricia and David Rastrick , of Chapel Croft, tied the knot 60 years ago and their love story began with simple letter.

David, now 81, served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted in Egypt for eighteen months.

“My mate asked me if I wanted a bird to write to, so I said I don’t mind, I’ll write to her,” David said.

The pair shared letters for seven months until David returned to his home in Hove Edge.

He said: “I was on the bus going from Brighouse to Hove Edge when I just saw this woman walking and I thought ‘that looks like the lass I’ve been writing to’.

“About 20 minutes later there was a knock at the door and it was her.”

The pair began courting and made trips to see each other as Patricia, now 79, lived in Hull at the time.

And it wasn’t all plain sailing for the couple.

“My mum didn’t like him and she said ‘if you go to see him once more, don’t bother coming back,” Patricia said.

But the couple decided to wed and they tied the knot on March 26, 1955, at the Zion Methodist Church, Hove Edge.

The honeymoon was a visit to Patricia’s mother’s house and a trip to Bridlington.

The pair then settled back in Brighouse where their family grew up and their sons David and Christopher were born.

Now, Patricia and David have three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

“I love kids and spending time with them. We’ve enjoyed family life and bringing the kids up,” Patricia said.

And when asked for their tips for a long-lasting marriage, the pair added: “We never fall out and we’ve always been content.”

Patricia and David will mark their milestone anniversary with a party for friends and family at Rastrick Bowling Club on Saturday.