Youth club romance reaches milestone

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 are celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary today.

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

Diamond wedding anniversary for Ron and Rose Harper in Hipperholme.

Diamond wedding anniversary for Ron and Rose Harper in Hipperholme.

However it wasn’t until Ron had completed his national service in the RoyalAir Force 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 .

They later moved to Stevenage where they lived for 17 years before moving to Yorkshire where Ron got a job at FSI Fisher car parks.

Now retired, Ron is long term member of Brighouse Art Circle and has been commissioned to paint pictures around the world including America and New Zealand.

Rose has been a member of the Townswoman’s Guild for 20 years and held the position of treasurer.

Family is an important part of their lives with Ron being the eldest of eight children and Rose is the middle child of seven.

The couple have four daughters, one who 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.

They will be celebrating their special day with a family meal at the Holiday Inn, Clifton.