From bridesmaid to bride of 50 years
PUBLISHED: 10:53 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:05 06 May 2010
A COUPLE who got together at the wedding of mutual friends, have celebrated their own Golden Wedding anniversary. Kenneth and Enid Brown marked 50 years together at a party with their family at their home in Springwood Walk, St Albans. Two years ago they
A COUPLE who got together at the wedding of mutual friends, have celebrated their own Golden Wedding anniversary.
Kenneth and Enid Brown marked 50 years together at a party with their family at their home in Springwood Walk, St Albans.
Two years ago they were invited to the Golden Wedding celebration of their friends Roger and Joyce Speller at whose wedding they first decided to go out together.
Kenneth, aged 73, was Roger's best man and Enid, 71, was one of Joyce's bridesmaids at their wedding in 1956.
They already knew each other but started courting after that day. Within two years they were married at a church in Southall, West London, where Kenneth had been brought up and was living.
The couple moved to Springwood Walk in 1959. Kenneth was working as a coach trimmer, fitting upholstery to cars and buses, and Enid was a cook at Skyswood School.
They had their first child, Stephen, in 1962 and three further boys, Philip, Kevin and Michael, followed at two-year intervals.
They went to Skyswood Primary School, three went on to Francis Bacon School and the fourth to the former Marshalswick School.
Kenneth's father worked for the London Fire Brigade. During World War Two, Kenneth remembers being evacuated to live with relatives in Oxfordshire after a bomb hit a house across the road.
Enid was brought up and lived in Ealing but she stayed in London during the war.
Kenneth said they both enjoyed gardening, joking: "I do the labour and she does the organising."
He revealed the secret to a long marriage was getting on, agreeing with each other and being amicable.
They celebrated their anniversary with their four sons and their partners and eight grandchildren.