‘School Sweethearts’ Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

Two residents at Sunrise of Frognal care home, have recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Ray and Joesphine Beven marked the big occasion by sitting down to a lovely afternoon tea and reminiscing about their past.

As well as this the couple also received a special congratulatory card from the Queen herself commending them on their incredible milestone.

Meeting when they were just 16 years old walking out of night school, Ray and Josephine Beven’s story is a heart-warming one.

After attending his classes one wet evening, on his way out he overheard somebody slip on the stairs behind. After helping the girl up and offering to walk her to the pavement, little did he know at the time he had just met his soulmate.

Immediately Ray and Josephine bonded, sharing laughs and conversation, even realising that they lived very near to each other in Dartford.

And the rest they say, is history.

They started to go on dates, spending lots of time together, often at the pictures.

Within a year they went on their first holiday to Cornwall at the age of 17. Here their relationship grew, enjoying the sights and summer nights on the coast.

Upon their return, Josephine began work at the power station in Dartford, but for Ray his journey took a twist. Sent for National Service, during this period he trained in Wiltshire and later Canterbury for two years. Nevertheless, for the entirety of this time he kept in touch with Josephine back in Dartford, until his eventual return.

Following this, Ray and Josephine decided to marry, tying the knot on the 6th October 1951, at the age of 20 and 21.

And, after moving in with Josephine’s mother, by 1954 the couple had saved enough to buy their first home, for £2,500, a 3-bedroom semi-detached house in Dartford. Here they remained until they moved to Sunrise of Frognal together on the 29th January 2020.

Speaking about the couple, Nicola Winter, Activities Co-ordinator at Sunrise of Frognal, said:

“It was so lovely to see Ray and Josephine celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. It was great to hear their stories and reminisce about the past. They shared a lovely one about their marriage with us that they used to always sing to each other a song by Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold – I remember it well! It’s beautiful to see that the spark is still there 70 years on! Congratulations both, what an achievement!”