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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Vera and Andy joined by family as they celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss

Vera and Andy Lee celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and Vera’s 70th birthday in the Brandon House Hotel with their children Sarah, Ciara, Verena, Austin and Mairead
Vera and Andy Lee celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and Vera’s 70th birthday in the Brandon House Hotel with their children Sarah, Ciara, Verena, Austin and Mairead
Vera and Andy Lee on their wedding day in 1969

David Looby

A mystery Christmas card sent by a starry-eyed, smitten young Rosbercon man to a Waterford woman he met in a dance-hall during the Swinging Sixties set in motion a romance that has lasted a lifetime; one that was marked at a golden wedding anniversary celebration in New Ross recently.

Vera Lee met her husband to be Andy at the Olympia dance hall in her native Waterford one November night in the mid-Sixties.

Andy asked her her address and a few weeks later she found a Christmas card addressed to her by an Aindreas, but the post mark wasn't clear so she was mystified as to the sender.

The card's author asked her to attend the Olympia ballroom on St Stephen's night and when she turned up - purely out of curiosity - there was Andy, her bold suitor from Rosbercon.

The happy couple were married on June 12, 1969, in the Holy Family Church in Waterford, before heading to the Majestic Hotel in Tramore where guests had to be coaxed away from the beach on what was a scorcher of a day.

Vera and Andy stayed in Dublin, before jetting off to Barcelona.

They lived in Waterford for several years where Andy worked for Lee Trailers, the renowned makers of red trailers.

When Andy got homesick the couple moved to Kilbrahan, Rosbercon, which was a big change from the bright lights of Waterford for Vera, who traded her job in an accounts office for driving a tractor down a country road with grass growing up through the middle.

They had five children: Verena, Mairead, Ciara, Sarah and Austin.

Andy always wanted to mark their union 50 years ago and family members gathered from near and far, including their children, Kay's sisters Kay, Maria, Jo Imelda and Dinah, cousins and friends.

They enjoyed a lovely meal together at the Brandon House Hotel and music was sang by their son-in-law Eddie Golden.

Vera said: 'It was a special occasion having the family all around you.'

She attributed their long years together to good health and the fact that they do everything together and are the best of friends.

They also share a love of GAA; Vera favouring Waterford and Wexford and Andy favouring the Cats of Kilkenny.

Vera was presented with not one, but two beautiful bouquets of flowers and both received a boot load of presents.

They plan to enjoy a holiday together when they find the time; being busy, as ever, with the farm work.

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