Angela returns to the site of her Portsmouth love match – 57 years later

MEMORIES Angela Morton amd her daughter Sarah Bailey with a picture of Anthony
MEMORIES Angela Morton amd her daughter Sarah Bailey with a picture of Anthony
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AS A lovestruck teenager, Angela Morton met the man she would share her life with at the factory where they both worked.

The years went by, and she and husband Anthony would go on to have four children and remain happily married until his death at the age of 51 in 1990.

Anthony and Angela Morton on their wedding day on the 8th July 1961.

Anthony and Angela Morton on their wedding day on the 8th July 1961.

Now aged 71, Angela has moved into a new home.

And in a strange case of life coming full circle, her new flat has been built on the exact same site as that factory in St Mary’s Road, Fratton, which brought the couple together 57 years ago.

Angela, has been living in Wilmcote House in Tyseley Road, Southsea for the past 43 years – but had been on the waiting list to move out for a while.

The brand new flat she now enjoys is part of a block built on top of the site which used to house Twilfit’s Corset Factory.

Remembering how she first met Anthony, Angela said: ‘I met this young lad and he kept asking me out but I was so shy. But we did go out and we fell in love.

‘I have never been with anyone else.’

The couple had lived in Tyseley Road since May 1968, where they brought up their children.

‘I had been on the waiting list to move for five years,’ added Angela.

‘All the children had left home and there were three bedrooms. I was beginning to find it a bit difficult getting up and down the stairs.

‘These flats were being built and I was told there was one free and I took it. I started my life here and now I am going to end my life in this property.

‘I sit and think about it and it is a bit upsetting. It’s just weird, I haven’t got over it yet. I am still in shock. I have only been in here for a few days.’

And Angela says she has enjoyed a strange sense of calm since moving into the old factory site.

‘I don’t normally sleep very well but last night I slept fine,’ she said, ‘I feel at ease.

‘It’s a weird feeling. I can’t explain it.

‘I think Anthony would be over the moon.

‘The first time we saw each other it was love at first sight. A lot of people don’t believe in that, but I do.’

Daughter Sarah Bailey, 40, from Kirpal Road in Portsmouth, added: ‘I think it’s a really lovely love story.

‘Mum just thinks it’s fate.’