Huntingdonshire husband pens poem to mark 65th wedding anniversary

08:00 13 July 2014

Wedding anniversary of Thomas Cook, and Jean Cook, from Great Stukeley.

Wedding anniversary of Thomas Cook, and Jean Cook, from Great Stukeley.


A couple from Great Stukeley celebrate their 65th wedding ­anniversary on Wednesday.

Thomas Cook met his wife, then Jean Maile, outside her school in 1943 and they started dating in the December.

The couple eventually started going to confirmation classes together at All Saints’ Church, in Huntingdon, and shared the same hymn book when they were confirmed.

“We broke up for a little bit because I was called for National Service,” said Mr Cook, 87.

“But we wrote to each other almost every day.”

The romance continued after Mr Cook returned and they were married at St Bartholemew’s Church on July 9, 1949 – he was 23 and Jean was 20.

Mr Cook went to work at WH Smiths Printing, in Huntingdon where he remained for 48 years, while Mrs Cook worked as the postmistress in Great Stukeley.

The couple still live in the bungalow they built more than 60 years ago in Church Road.

When asked about their secret to a long marriage, Mrs Cook, 84, said: “We just enjoy the same sort of lifestyle.”

Their only daughter Hazel Cook joked the secret was “patience”.

Mr and Mrs Cook are grandparents to three adult grandsons and one great-granddaughter, aged four.

To mark their anniversary, Mr Cook wrote a poem which closed with: “My love for you is just as strong – as it was in those years past.

“Just don’t understand the folks – who say that love don’t last.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:41

Police have launched an investigation after reports of a “serious sexual assault” in St Ives.

Yesterday, 10:14
Hunts Post Content Editor Daniel Mansfield, with some of the presents from readers for Holly Ward,

Dozens of presents have been donated in the few short weeks since The Hunts Post launched its Christmas present appeal for children who have to spend the festive period in hospital.

Yesterday, 08:26
Ramsey Christmas Lights switch-on, members of Emma Craig's Dance Troupe.

The wet weather failed to dampen spirits at this year’s Christmas light switch-on in Ramsey as thousands of people turned out to support the event.

Yesterday, 16:26

Arrests of children by Cambridgeshire Constabulary have fallen by 69 per cent in the last four years, data obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform has revealed.

The North Pole Cambridge Christmas Festival is back in style throughout the festive season. This annual icy extravaganza is centred around a stunning 600m open-air ice rink, great for a fun filled day out with family & friends.

Read more

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition