Saturday, 16 December 2017

Love is... like rock ’n’ roll

A MARRIAGE proposal at a rock concert decades ago proved to be the inspiration for Henley’s most romantic person.

A MARRIAGE proposal at a rock concert decades ago proved to be the inspiration for Henley’s most romantic person.

Annarose Anness, 30, remembered a message sent by her grandfather Tony to his wife Kitty when she wrote the love letter that won a Valentine’s Day competition.

The former English teacher, from Dunsden Green, won a prize of a £100 gift voucher in the competition run by jewellers Precious Love.

In the message, Mrs Anness told her 33-year-old husband Stephen: “Bangers and mash, gin and tonic, salt and vinegar, rock ’n’ roll... some things are just perfect together... Annarose and Stephen X.”

She said: “It was a message my granddad wrote to my nan on their wedding day.

“He proposed at a rock concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and when he presented the engagement ring he enclosed a card that said ‘we go together like rock ’n’ roll’.

“I always remember that message because when I go to my nan’s house I always see it on her mantelpiece.

“When I thought of Valentine’s Day that just popped into my head. I didn’t want to completely copy it so I put my own twist on it.

“It’s one of the most romantic things I’ve ever said.

“Stephen and I are very different from each other but it seems to work very well.” Mrs Anness, who is originally from Liverpool, met Stephen, a fund manager at Invesco Perpetual, on a night out in Henley.

They were married four-and-a-half years ago at Remenham Church and they held their reception in Temple Island Meadows.

Mrs Anness also wrote messages to her children.

She told two-year-old Ralph: “When you arrived you changed the world around you and made it wonderful. I love you X.”

Her message to Finley, three, said: “Not only do I love you to the moon and back but I would collect all of the stars along the way X.”

Mrs Anness’ message to her husband was chosen by Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin as the most romantic letter from 50 that were stuck to the door of the Duke Street shop. She said she was surprised to win, adding: “I might treat myself to something nice for Mother’s Day.”

Her husband also made a gesture.

Mrs Anness said: “I got a very nice bunch of 20 red roses and was treated for Valentine’s Day. We went out for dinner at Orwell’s in Shiplake Row on Friday so it was very nice.”

Mr Anness went to the shop to find the message after finding out that his wife had written one.

He said: “It was a lovely message and very true. She’s very romantic and is always sending me little cards at random times.”

Second place went to a woman called Taresa, who said: “To my husband. From the moment I met you my world turned from black and white to beautiful technicolour. Thank you.”

Third-placed Emma wrote to Vinny: “The measure of love is love without measure.”

Councillor Hodgkin said the messages “touched” her.

She said: “They made me feel emotional and felt as if they came from the heart. I chose the winner because it’s quite a modern spin on love.” Councillor Hodgkin, who celebrated her ruby wedding anniversary with her husband Richard last year, added: “I think it’s good to appreciate the people you love.

“It shouldn’t just be once a year though, it should be every day and you should always say ‘I love you’ each day.”

Shop owner Tom Bulgarelli said: “The response shows that romance isn’t dead obviously and people do still take Valentine’s Day seriously.

“A few of the messages were very sweet. I think it would be fair to say the better ones were written by women.”

The two runners-up will each receive a box of chocolates from Gorvett & Stone, also in Duke Street..

“He proposed at a rock concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and when he presented the engagement ring he enclosed a card that said ‘we go together like rock ’n’ roll’.

“I always remember that message because when I go to my nan’s house I always see it on her mantelpiece.

“When I thought of Valentine’s Day that just popped into my head. I didn’t want to completely copy it so I put my own twist on it.

“It’s one of the most romantic things I’ve ever said.

“Stephen and I are very different from each other but it seems to work very well.” Mrs Anness, who is originally from Liverpool, met Stephen, a fund manager at Invesco Perpetual, on a night out in Henley.

They were married four-and-a-half years ago at Remenham Church and they held their reception in Temple Island Meadows.

Mrs Anness also wrote messages to her children.

She told two-year-old Ralph: “When you arrived you changed the world around you and made it wonderful. I love you X.”

Her message to Finley, three, said: “Not only do I love you to the moon and back but I would collect all of the stars along the way X.”

Mrs Anness’ message to her husband was chosen by Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin as the most romantic letter from 50 that were stuck to the door of the Duke Street shop. She said she was surprised to win, adding: “I might treat myself to something nice for Mother’s Day.”

Her husband also made a gesture.

Mrs Anness said: “I got a very nice bunch of 20 red roses and was treated for Valentine’s Day. We went out for dinner at Orwell’s in Shiplake Row on Friday so it was very nice.”

Mr Anness went to the shop to find the message after finding out that his wife had written one.

He said: “It was a lovely message and very true. She’s very romantic and is always sending me little cards at random times.”

Second place went to a woman called Taresa, who said: “To my husband. From the moment I met you my world turned from black and white to beautiful technicolour. Thank you.”

Third-placed Emma wrote to Vinny: “The measure of love is love without measure.”

Councillor Hodgkin said the messages “touched” her.

She said: “They made me feel emotional and felt as if they came from the heart. I chose the winner because it’s quite a modern spin on love.” Councillor Hodgkin, who celebrated her ruby wedding anniversary with her husband Richard last year, added: “I think it’s good to appreciate the people you love.

“It shouldn’t just be once a year though, it should be every day and you should always say ‘I love you’ each day.”

Shop owner Tom Bulgarelli said: “The response shows that romance isn’t dead obviously and people do still take Valentine’s Day seriously.

“A few of the messages were very sweet. I think it would be fair to say the better ones were written by women.”

The two runners-up will each receive a box of chocolates from Gorvett & Stone, also in Duke Street..

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