For Mum and Dad

Way back when in the 90s Mum worked in a jewellery store
In came Dad to fit new shelves – and Mum liked what she saw
He invited her to his Christmas do but ended up the worse for wear
Perhaps not the best of beginnings to the future they would share
But when Mum needed a place to stay – the opportunity seemed heaven sent
Dad happily offered her his spare room – she still hasn’t paid any rent!
From that first meeting in ’96 they got along just fine
And sealed the deal on the love they feel with a wedding in ‘99
They truly are the best of friends, a devoted husband and wife
Although, you must agree that Finn and me are the best thing in their life
Dad loves keeping his lawn neat and tidy – Mum’s weed piles drive him mad
And there wouldn’t be a cat left in the neighbourhood if we left it up to Dad
Always go to Dad for the breakfast fry-up, is the one thing we have learnt
As Mum’s not great in the kitchen and her sausages are always burnt
She’s not much of drinker either – tea to Dad’s beer
Although worryingly she seems to have got the taste for gin this year
Dad used to be dog man, until Mum said Rance couldn’t stay
The drum-kit and the reclining chair both went a similar way
They make each other laugh every day and often they like to cry
Usually at weird things on the box, me and Finn can’t work out why
Dad’s mad about history, especially military stuff
If I never see the History Channel again I’ve already seen enough!
Classic cars and Antiques Roadshow also make us all moan
It’s no wonder Mum has opted out and got a sofa of her own
She sits there every evening iPad on, surfing the net
Hanging out on Ebay for every bargain she can get
Mum is big compared to Dad, when she found her Mr Right
She realised she’d got it wrong when it came to width and height!
They’re getting old and doddery now – bad eyes and greying hair
And looking forward to the future that they intend to share
They’re after a two-seater sports car once me and Finn are grown
They can’t have it now as we cost them too much, or so Dad’s heard to moan
Dad still thinks he’s a ladies’ man he loves to dance the night away
But we know that really by Mum’s side is where he wants to stay
About that meeting in ’96 Finn and me are really quite glad
As two brilliant people found each other and we got the best Mum and Dad

Fifty Fabulous Years

There’s really not that much to commend waiting for a bus
But without a bus stop in Trafalger Suare there wouldn’t be any of us
1957 – try if you can to picture the scene
Mum was a just out of pigtails and dad was only eighteen
But he must have done OK as it seems he won her arm
We think he bowled her over with his famous Geordie charm
And three years later in understated style
They got the family together as he walked her up the aisle
The photographer was a no-show and it rained all day
But that didn’t dampen the love they felt – that was there to stay
Despite several separations while Dad did his army tour
But he’d return, just to learn, they loved each other more
Kids came along and they moved about mainly to northern chill
Till they finally found the place they belonged – it had to be Bexhill!
Then Dad was busy with the police-force and finger prints galore
And Mum kept busy with the family and a part-time job or four
We have so many memories of happy times, holidays and fun
Parties and outings and days spent in the sun
In fact Mum and Dad were party mad, as kids we’d wake with a fright
As they got in and crashed about in the middle of the night
And then as we got older and were finally allowed to roam
We’d get back just find that those two still weren’t home
Dad’s a born worrier and Mum could clean all day
And never tell Mum a secret, unless you want it given away
Mum calls Dad a ‘silly bugger’ as he likes to have a joke
And she says he’s tight with money and acts like they’re always broke
We used to play squash with Dad, but he always had to win
So now we stick to snooker – and put our racquets in the bin
And over the years we’ve all done our bit adding grandchildren to the mix
And Dad has ensured that all of them know the answer to ‘six times six’
And Mum has been a brilliant Nanny filling there lives with fun
And it’s safe to say that in ‘African Camp’ her lion is second to none
There must have been times of worry and one or two times of tears
But mostly we think of laughter and love and a happy fifty years
If ever a pair were made for each other it would have to be Mum and Dad
And it’s safe to say that to be here today makes us all proud and glad
I wonder if you saw a glimpse of the life that both of you would share
As your eyes first met, and the future was set, at a bus stop in Trafalger Square

Twenty Five Wonderful Years

A room full of combine harvesters is as un-romantic as you can get
But it was in just such a setting that Lesley and Ian first met
As Ian lay under a tractor, often the view that he’d see
Was of Lesley’s very lovely legs as she brought the lads their tea
But Ian was off to work elsewhere and Lesley was spoken for
So any future for the pair of you was looking less than sure
But no sooner had Lesley decided to finish with her mate
Than Ian wasted no time at all and asked her out for a date
Out they went, and had a lovely time, in fact they had so much fun
Ian kept Lesley past her curfew and had to say sorry to her mum
One thing led to another and after only little while
Ian was walking Iesley up the aisle in style
A sunny day at Hawkesbury Church – even the dog played a part
A village affair with everyone there, a quietly meaningful start
Since that day you’ve grown together, through good times and bad
Lent your strength, support and love, in happy times and sad
Family is at your centre and you are true and loyal friends
And when we’re in your company the laughter never ends
You’re rightly proud of your children, both wonderful in their way
And both of them delighted to share in your special day
The importance of a loving family has always meant the world to you
And with rugby and singing and work and life you’ve always got lots to do
In twenty five wonderful years you’ve managed to pack in some fun
With gondolas and dolphins and holidays in the sun
You’ve met some fantastic people as you’ve gone along life’s way
And one or two who, sadly, couldn’t make it here today
We know Lesley’s missing seeing Lisa’s smiling mug
But remember you’ll be together soon for a lovely best friend hug!
Everyone here today has meant so much in your life
And is honoured and proud to celebrate your success as husband and wife
It’s really is very fortunate, Lesley could find any tractor’s part
And it really is very fortunate she found her way into Ian’s heart
Twenty five happy years is something to commemorate for sure
And I believe you’re bound to achieve at least twenty five more!