There was love in the air at a Sanctuary Care home in Harrow last week, when happy couple Arthur and Beryl Waller celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss.
91-year-old resident at Rowanweald Residential and Nursing Home, William Arthur Waller, best known as Arthur and wife Beryl celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on Wednesday 5 May with a surprise party at the Weald Lane home.
Secrets to a happy marriage
Sharing their secret to having such a happy and successful marriage Beryl said: “I think the main thing is to remember it’s all about compromise – give and take and putting up with one another’s flaws.”
The devoted couple first crossed paths when they were both working in the same gramophone company in Hayes at the ages of 16 (Arthur) and 14 (Beryl).
Arthur was working in a mechanical role following his studies as a mechanical engineer and Beryl was working in the factory’s office in an administration position.
Instantly hitting it off the colleagues soon became something more and enjoyed a string of dates at their local cinema, ice rink and even visits to Kew Gardens together.
Proposing with a special ring
After some years courting Arthur proposed to Beryl with a very special ring.
She said: “Every day on my way to work I would walk past a jewellers and I would always stop and admire this ring and the next thing I know it was on my finger.”
Sadly the ring has since been stolen but Beryl can “still remember every detail of her perfect ring”, she continued: “I loved my ring, it was just beautiful and I can still remember it now.”
Marriage, children and grandchildren
The pair married in St Mary’s Church in Church Road, Hayes in 1947 and continued their celebration when they honeymooned in the Isle of White.
It wasn’t long until two become four with Arthur and Beryl going on to have two children, David and Helen.
The Waller family has since blossomed to three generations with three grandchildren.
Surprise platinum celebrations
The platinum celebrations included a surprise party with live music, a special VIP visit from Councillor Sachin Shah and mouth-watering refreshments.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities assistant Elaine Rivers said: “Arthur and Beryl are such a close and loving couple and a true example of devotion.
“They are so completely dedicated to one another and still look at each other with true love in their eyes – it’s clear they adore one another.”