Today Ann and I celebrate 42 years of marriage. The day started with us going to the North Middlesex Hospital for Ann’s final check-up on the now mended broken leg. I’m pleased to say she has now been finally, and fully, discharged. We then drove to Fyfield for lunch at The Queen’s Head, a gastro pub where we enjoyed a magnificent lunch. It had been recommended to us and we had intended to go there to celebrate Ann’s birthday at the beginning of December to be thwarted by the snow. Then we intended to go for my birthday, just after Christmas, but the family announced they were coming so instead we stayed home and enjoyed lunch with them. But today we finally made it and I have to say it lived up, in every way, to our expectations and we can’t wait to go again.
I remember our wedding day very well with a splendid Nuptial Mass celebrated by two priests now, sadly, both dead with whom I had worked as Organist & Choirmaster. I met Ann through my involvement with the choir – she joined and as they say, the rest is history. The choir turned out in full for this occasion and we have a picture of the choir, the clergy and Ann and I outside the main church door. In those days we had a choir of 22+ boys plus adults, from the village – the largest boys’ choir in the Diocese apart from the Cathedral itself. Choirs these days are lucky to have any boys at all let alone 22 of them.
So for 42 years of married life, for two lovely children (now very much adults) two lovely children-in-law and four grandchildren but above all for a totally loving and wonderful wife and for the joys and happiness we have enjoyed – Deo Gratias.