Mayor's visit for Golden couple's Golden Wedding Anniversary
At the beginning of the month, Rushden residents Angela & Colin West, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. On behalf of Rushden Town Council, Mayor Melanie Coleman and the Mayor's Consort, Cllr David Coleman, gave the couple a socially distanced visit in their beautiful garden, to congratulate them on a fantastic fifty year milestone and to discover a bit more about the couple's story.
Angela and Colin told the mayor how they met at a school in Nottingham and grew up in the same town. On Angela's' 14th Birthday, Colin took Angela on a date to the cinema to watch 'From Russia with Love', and this is where their beautiful, strong and long lasting relationship began. The couple married in in Nottinghamshire, but Colin's career as an Engineer and Draftsman (working for the likes of Rolls Royce, Crossland Fitters and Lotus Cars) saw the couple relocate to Norfolk, where they brought up their 2 children, Alan and Alison and resided there for almost 40 years.
Very sadly in 2005, the couple suffered the loss of their son due to an ongoing health condition. Angela described to the mayor of how their family really struggled through this devastating time, but how they really stuck together and battled though as a strong family. As they told the mayor endearing stories about their son, it was lovely to see that Alan lives on in their memories and clearly still brings them joy. Like the words inscribed on a little memorial plaque that pops out of one of their garden flower beds says, "Forever in our memories, forever in our hearts."
July of last year saw Angela and Colin relocate from Nolfolk to Rushden to be closer to their daughter and two granddaughters. Angela commented, "we dote upon our grandchildren, they are our life, we love seeing them, it's been hard with the current circumstances but we make the most of it and love every minute of it."
Colin chatted to the mayor's consort, Cllr David Coleman, about the current times and praised Northamptonshire and the local area, explaining that he thoroughly enjoyed discovering the Nene Valley on his bicycle throughout lockdown.
The couple planned on visiting Jersey for their anniversary, however due to lockdown they decided again and instead celebrated in Nottingham with family and friends for a socially distanced Sunday lunch.
When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Angela laughed and said, "it's better the devil you know." However, according to Colin, Angela is a fantastic cook and said "I could never give up her cake."
The mayor said, "During these strange times it was a pleasure to meet Angela and Colin , to congratulate them on their special Anniversary and wish them many more."
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Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:52 by Michelle Lewis