Looking back on 65 years of married blisss

Vic and Jose Fensome on their 65th wedding anniversary with their transport - a vintage Vauxhall Victor type F

Vic and Jose Fensome on their 65th wedding anniversary with their transport - a vintage Vauxhall Victor type F

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There’s nothing like a mega 65th wedding anniversary to get the memories going – even if one of you has dementia.

Former Luton mayor Jose Fensome and her husband Vic, who was diagnosed five years ago, are reminsicing about their nuptials and all the naughtiness that ensued.

Vic and Jose Fensome on their wedding day in 1950

Vic and Jose Fensome on their wedding day in 1950

Jose, 85, recalls: “We got married at 9am on July 22, 1950. It had to be early because my parents ran the Green Man in Duke Street, where the reception was being held.”

Opening hours in those days were 10am to 2pm and 6pm to 10pm. Needless to say the guests carried on celebrating long after the new Mr and Mrs Fensome left on honeymoon.

Jose is averse to moths and there was one in their hotel bedroom that night. This led to shrieks from her as Vic careered round trying to catch it and eject it. “We didn’t half get some funny looks when we went down to breakfast,” she smiles.

But that was nothing compared to what occurred after they left the pub.

Jose says: “Aunty Gwen got home, well refreshed, with an empty pram. Someone quite far behind had the baby. Another sister who wasn’t used to drink got carried away and they had to call an ambulance when she collapsed.”

The couple, who live in Cobden Street, have two daughters - Dawn, 51, and Coral, 48. They also have five grandchildren.

Dawn organised a vintage Vauxhall Victor F type – similar to the first car her parents owned – to take them to an anniversary tea at the White Horse in Tea Green.

Jose admits: “It took my breath away. Ours was maroon and grey and it cost £555, with a full tank of petrol.”

Former Vauxhall worker Vic, 89, says give and take is the secret of their longevity and swears he’d never marry again if anything happened to her: “No damn way!”