A BARTON couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by having their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Ron and Ed Strudwick, of Boldre Close, are usually on holiday in Madeira for their anniversary on 14th January but had to stay home due to the latest coronavirus lockdown.
The pair said being given the vaccine was “the best present”, and they also enjoyed a three-course meal at home.
They met as teenagers while living in Surrey and were married at St Mary Magdalene Church in Croydon. They saved for a honeymoon and five months later visited Weymouth.
Their daughter Jane was born in 1965 and second daughter Ruth came along 17 months later. The family moved to a bigger home in Purley in Surrey, and Ron and Ed started a youth club at the nearby church.
In 1970 the family moved to New Milton and when the children joined the junior school, the couple helped to set up the Parent Teacher Association, with Ron elected as chair and Ed as secretary.
They helped to organise inter-school cross-country events, a Saturday film club and summer fairs, with motorcyclist Sammy Miller performing stunts.
The couple later converted their bungalow in Barton to become Cliff Edge tearooms and craft centre, which was run by Ed.
Ron set up his own company, R.S. Holdings, in New Milton and was involved in developing local industrial estates and the area’s first low-cost housing.
Over the years the couple have enjoyed travelling around the world, including a flight on Concorde and a cruise on the QE2.They have spent time in Australia, China, Peru and the US.
Keen cyclist Ron rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats aged 60 and was still racing tandems in France until he was 74.
In her spare time Ed enjoyed yoga and badminton as well as flower arranging and ballroom dancing with Ron. The couple, who have four grandsons and one granddaughter, are also life members of the New Forest Show.