Diamond wedding anniversary for a pair of teenage sweethearts

Published: 25 Dec 2013 09:300 comments

A couple who were teenage sweethearts have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Rose and Christian Antink toast their 60th wedding anniversary

Rose and Christian Antink, of Norreys Avenue, Wokingham, received a letter from the Queen marking their 60th anniversary last Thursday.

The couple were

married on December 19, 1953, at The Holy Trinity Church, The Ring, Bracknell, and Mrs Antink recalled: “It was a rather cold day. I wore a satin and lace dress with a ruched skirt, with an orange veil.

“Afterwards some of the local girls had made jellies and that sort of thing. We didn’t have a honeymoon though.” Mr Antink and his future wife first met, aged 16 and 15 respectively, while they were both working at the former cinema in Bracknell – he was an operator, while she was an usherette.

Mrs Antink, who grew up in Ascot and went to Winkfield School, said: “When I first saw him, I thought ‘he’s mine!’. I went into the staffroom and told all the other girls.”

After dating for a few years, Mr Antink popped the question the day he was sent abroad with the RAF as part of National Service, returning

home 18 months later.

Their daughter Lynne was born in 1955, and over the years the family moved around the area, finally ending up in Wokingham.

Mrs Antink, 81, said: “When you’ve been married this long you finish each other sentences!

“You grow as one person. We couldn’t imagine anything else, we seem to think alike – we know what each other is going to say!

“I never thought I’d be married for 60 years, it’s just what you did back then, you just don’t think that far ahead when you’re young. It’s been amazing though.”

Mr Antink, 82, first came to Bracknell from London when he was evacuated during the war, and never went back.

He was a deputy commandant of the Special Constabulary for the Thames Valley Police.

He said that being married this long had been ‘great’.

Mrs Antink said they did not usually celebrate their anniversaries, though they were this time as it was special, and had a party on Saturday. She has even brought out her old wedding dress and put it on display for the party. The couple received a card from the Queen to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Mrs Antink, an interpreter for deaf people for the Royal British Legion, added: “We met the Queen when we were invited to one of her garden parties for our 50th anniversary. She was lovely; we spoke for about five or six minutes as Prince Philip’s mother was deaf, so we had something to talk about.”

When asked what the secret is to a successful marriage, Mrs Antink said: “It’s about having a sense of humour.”

Mr and Mrs Antink also have a grandson Colin, who writes a monthly column for the News.

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