Brit widower finishes jigsaw of shredded love letters - in 15 years!July 15th, 2008 - 4:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 15 (ANI): A Brit widower has finished piecing together thousands of fragments of romantic notes that he sent to his late wife who shredded them in anger.
Ted Howard wrote 98 letters to his sweetheart Mollie during the seven years he spent courting her.
However, she tore them into pieces and stuffed them into a cushion after finding someone reading them in 1953.
Howard, of Ramsey in Cambridgeshire began putting the pieces back together in 1993. He has just completed the notes, three years after his wife died.
He wrote the amorous letters on hotel writing paper as he travelled the UK, Ireland, France and Holland in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
“I still miss Mrs Howard terribly but having the memories helps me through,” Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
“The letters brought back so many good times. I now want to write a book about them so everything is committed to paper before it is too late.” He added.
The retired farm worker and machinery demonstrator, said: “It was love at first sight. No two ways about it. I was at a village feast (fair) and this girl jumped off the carousel and came careering into me.
“It turned out to be Mollie. That was 19 July 1948.”
Mollie was 18 at the time and Ted was 23. They married in 1955 and went on to have three children and six grandchildren.
Howard, who has written an autobiography, Life on the Fen Edge, is ready to start a book on the letters, called A Week At Stanton. It will be dedicated to Mrs Howard. (ANI)
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