WE’RE romantics at heart at the Review and we know that our readers are too.
So we offered a £50 voucher to spend with any of the advertisers on our recent Valentine’s feature for the story that most touched us.
It was a difficult decision but congratulations to Rose Janes of Monmouth who wins what we hope will be a romantic meal for two.
Here is the winning entry:
“It was Valentines Day and I hadn’t received a card from my boyfriend Brian and I was disappointed and mad that he had forgotten! This was 1974 and we didn’t have a landline phone in the house and no mobiles so I had no way of contacting him. Fed up I went to bed at 10pm in a bad mood.
Meanwhile my boyfriend was working his afternoon shift 2pm to 10pm in a factory 20 miles away. He knew I thought the ads with the Cadbury’s Black Tray Man were romantic and had planned his own surprise.
After his shift he drove to my home where I lived with my parents to plant his surprise. He crept around the back of the secluded cottage and managed to find that my mum’s car was unlocked! Low crime rate in those days!
Then he left a enormous romantic card with a soppy message, a gigantic bunch of flowers and of course a box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray. He knew that I would be travelling with my mother in the morning to work and his gifts would be discovered early in the morning.
I was delighted with my surprise in the morning.
Our initially meeting was very romantic too. We met at Park Hall, Wormelow which was a popular place to go in the seventies and they were holding the Dairy Maid of Herefordshire competition and I was watching as my friend was competing. Brian had spotted me standing alone and he sidled up to me. His opening line to me was “ You should be up there because you would win.”
We have now been married 43 years and unfortunately he is no longer romantic but maybe it’s my turn to surprise him by being the winner of this competition and hopefully treating him to a slap up meal?”