Brid couple who met over an ice cream celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Ken and Betty Ronksley celebrate their 70th wedding aniversary.
Ken and Betty Ronksley celebrate their 70th wedding aniversary.

A COUPLE who met over an ice cream have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Ken Ronksley, 91, of Omega Road was working as an ice-cream vendor in his home region of North East Derbyshire when he met Betty, 91.

The year was 1939, the same year which saw the start of the Second World War, Batman making his first comic book appearance and the film Gone with the Wind premiered.

“Hard work, give and take, that’s the secret to a long marriage,” said Ken.

“We never argue much and we still love each other,” he added.

Ken started out pushing an ice cream bicycle around before progressing to a small van selling ice-cream made using the milk from his family dairy left over during the summer months when people went away on holiday.

Three years after that first meeting Ken and Betty were married at St Mary’s Church, in Unston, Derbyshire and this weekend they will be celebrating again as they are joined by 25 family and friends for a meal at the North Star, in Flamborough.

At the time of their wedding, which was held on September 5, 1942, Ken was serving with the Royal Artillery, a position he held until he was medically discharged in 1944.

When Ken joined the forces in 1940 Betty took over his work in the dairy and the couple would go on to work together for many years.

The couple moved to Bridlington in 1960 when they ran the Lindale Cafe, on Queen Street, now known as Allen’s Nosh Bar.

They ran the cafe together for 15 years until Ken, a keen photographer, fancied a change and went to work at the Camera Centre, on Regent Street.

And despite retiring at the age of 65 Ken continued to work there on a part-time basis for a further 10 years.

Ken also has 20 years of service as an auxiliary coastguard, was a member of Bridlington in Bloom for several years as well as the Chamber of Trade.

Betty is a keen organist, a hobby she was forced to relinquish after suffering a stroke, instead donating her organ to the Methodist Church at Flamborough.

The couple have enjoyed attending performances by the Scarborough and Driffield Organ Societies.