It all started with a dance ... and a few bruised toes!
WHEN Arthur Leach first danced with Rose he trod on her toes, but 65 years on their marriage has proved very much in step.
Rose turns 85 in August, just one month after Arthur reaches the same age.
The couple live in Wye where they celebrated their blue sapphire anniversary with a congratulatory card from the Queen.
They have a son, John, 62, and a daughter, Kim, 51, and have nine grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren.
Rose and Arthur were married on April 21, 1945, just days before Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker as the war in Europe drew to a close.
Arthur was a sailor in the Royal Navy, working on minesweepers, and Rose served with the Women’s Land Army.
They first got to know each other when both worked for the River Police in London as teenagers.
Rose says she did not think much of Arthur at first, but the carpenter who repaired the river boats was constantly encouraged her to ask Arthur to take her dancing.
Rose said: “We called the carpenter Chippy because he was always chipping away at the boats’ wood. After a lot of pressure from Chippy I told Arthur I had two complimentary tickets and would he like to take me dancing. I think we only went in the end to please Chippy.”
But since the day they married the couple have never looked back.
“I love dancing but Arthur was always a bit clumsy in that department, treading on my toes in that first dance,” said Rose.
“I still do all the cooking. He likes his roasts and stews, but not those spicy curries. As for drinking, I’m teetotal while he’ll have the occasional lager at a social gathering. We both stopped smoking a few years back, just lost the desire for it.”
So what’s the secret of their long and loving marriage?
“Trust one another and help each other, that’s the main thing,” according to Rose.