Love at first sight for Bognor couple

Harold and Theresa Symonds who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131522-2
Harold and Theresa Symonds who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131522-2

LOVE at first sight has lasted for six decades for a Bognor Regis couple.

Harold and Theresa Symonds, known as Harry and Terry, celebrated the diamond anniversary of their wedding with their friends last Thursday (November 21).

They followed this with a get-together with their family of three sons and a daughter, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Terry, 81, said: “It was love at first sight and it has endured. It feels wonderful. We laugh a lot and we are good friends as well as being husband and wife.

“We went through some hard times at the beginning but we have got here and we are very happy.”

The couple, of Ivydale Road, were pen pals for a few months before they met on April 12, 1951, when Harry, 84, was on leave from the Royal Navy where he was a regular sailor.

He was home for a month before he was sent to fight in the Korean War for two-and-a-half years.

He and his future wife kept in touch with letters and parcels.

Harry proposed by letter, Terry made all the arrangements and Harry returned in October, 1953, to be married five weeks later in Edmonton in North London.

He had many jobs after he left the Navy. They included jewel house warden, guarding the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

They moved to Bognor in 1987.

Harry was the caretaker at The Glade Infant School. Terry was a health visitor for 14 years.