Romance has stood the test of time

Ellen Haysom and her husband Thomas Haysom celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary
Ellen Haysom and her husband Thomas Haysom celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

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Their love story might have started with a blind date but this romance has gone on to stand the test of time.

Ellen and Tom Haysom have just marked their diamond wedding anniversary with a big party for family and friends.

Thomas Haysom and Ellen Haysom on their wedding day on the 18th August 1951.

Thomas Haysom and Ellen Haysom on their wedding day on the 18th August 1951.

The happy couple were married on August 18, 1951, in St Margaret’s Church, Darenth, Kent.

And they have two friends to thank for introducing them in the first place.

Tom says: ‘A friend of mine was going about with a girl. She was a friend of Ellen’s and they set us up on a blind date.

‘She just took me over. I was one of the lucky ones who had a car and we just went around in that. That would have been in 1949.’

Their romance blossomed and the couple got engaged in mid-1950. In 1952 they moved from Kent to Hampshire, settling in Catisfield where they went on to have two children, Martin and Wendy.

Ellen and Tom also have two grandchildren, Anjuli and Samuel, plus two great-grandchildren, Alesha and Riley.

The couple celebrated with friends at the Kings Country Bar and Restaurant in Botley.

And daughter-in-law Katrina organised a card from the Queen to arrive as a surprise.

Tom says the secret to their long and happy marriage is simple: ‘We just work at it,’ he explains. ‘You don’t give up, you stick together.

‘Everybody has their ups and downs but you don’t let them get you down. Our life together has always been about give and take.’