THEY first met on holiday in Anglesey, aged 5 and 9. Now more than 60 years and two marriages later, Rosina “Lozzy” Ferrari and Bill Morley have finally tied the knot at Bodelwyddan Castle.
Lozzy, 66, and Bill, 70 agreed to marry following “pressure” from their nine children and 18 grandchildren, which came to a head during a speech one of the grandchildren made for Bill’s 70th birthday.
Lozzy, who works as a Weekend Supervisor at Bodelwyddan Castle and once went to the girls’ boarding school there, married Bill at the venue and was given away by two grandsons, 15-year-old Zac and 13-year-old Fin.
Both Lozzy and Bill recall being “first, best friends” and their remarkable lives have been entwined ever since.
Lozzy, originally from Yorkshire but now living with Bill in Colwyn Bay, said: “Apparently I was sitting outside the caravan on a rug with the dog and Bill just came up to me and said, ‘Hello.’”
She went to Lowther College girls’ school at Bodelwyddan at the age of 10 and boarded there for eight years, during which time Bill came to see her sing. Bill was a Royal Navy ships diver - a dangerous role inspecting and clearing mines from ships - and remained a close friend of Lozzy and her mother.
Lozzy added: “Over the years I suppose he watched boyfriends come and go. Then when I was about 16 or 17 he said, ‘I am in love with you. Will you marry me?’ I said no. I thought of Bill as a big brother and believed anything more than that would spoil it.”
They went their separate ways and each into two marriages. Lozzy became the youngest Mayoress in Britain at the age of 14 when her mother Violet was elected first lady mayor of Dewsbury. Bill travelled the world with the Navy, became a champion water skier and ran a ski school for two years while stationed in Singapore.
But when Lozzy’s mother became ill and died in 2000 they were reunited again, both with their second marriage in turmoil.
They decided to live together and moved to North Wales - their “spiritual home” - in 2004. But it wasn’t until Bill’s 70th birthday and an impassioned plea from their grandchildren that they finally decided to tie the knot.
Lozzy’s strong connections with Bodelwyddan Castle made the spectacular venue the perfect venue for the occasion.
“I am the luckiest woman in the world,” she said. “No man could love a woman more. He’s the most loyal man in the world and would do anything for me. My son has actually said that if I get it wrong this time, he’ll be on Bill’s side!”
Bill added: “Lozzy was my first friend and is my best friend. Had I not met Lozzy I know I would be single now and forever, and I don’t want to be single.”
Admitting to a quirky sense of style, the couple honeymooned in Belgium where they paid tribute to Leonard Ferrari, Lozzy’s great Uncle who died in 1917 on the first day of the third Battle of Ypres.