Old romantic, 77, has been sending his wife the same Valentine’s Day card for 39 YEARS

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Ken Myers has sent wife Valerie the same Valentine’s Day card for 39 years (SWNS)

A sweet old romantic is celebrating Valentine’s Day by giving his wife the same card he has been sending to her for the past 39 years.

Devoted husband Ken Myers began his unique way of saying ‘I love you’ back in 1979, six years after he married his sweetheart, Valerie.

The 77-year-old novelist writes a new message inside the card every year – which is now full of little love notes from the past three decades.

And Ken, of Leeds, West Yorks., even created the romantic card himself as he used to work as a card designer back in the 1970s.

Ken created the romantic card himself as he used to work as a card designer back in the 1970s (SWNS)

He said: “I worked in the industry for around ten years and designed hundreds of cards, for big companies like Hallmark.

“I sent the card to Valerie in 1979, and then again in 1980. After that, I just carried on because it was a novelty.

“I like to think I’m a romantic husband. I am a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, so I’m a qualified romantic.

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“I think Valerie would be disappointed if I came back one year with a different card. It’s become a family heirloom.”

His card, which reads ‘Happy Valentine’s Day to my Wife’, shows a boy offering his beloved a heart tied to a catapult.

The couple – who have five children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren – are celebrating Valentine’s Day in low-key style by having a meal and exchanging cards.

The 77-year-old novelist writes a new message inside the card every year (SWNS)

Valerie, 67, added: “I do love the card and it’s become really special to me over the years. It’s in very good condition.

“I always make sure it’s in a safe place. One year, I put it in such a safe place that I couldn’t find for a while afterwards.

“Ken is a very romantic husband. After almost 45 years of marriage, those little touches definitely help to keep the magic alive.

The couple are celebrating Valentine’s Day in low-key style by having a meal and exchanging cards (SWNS)

“I think the secret to a long and happy marriage is to be friends. When the first flushes of love disappear you have to like each other a lot. We make each other laugh.

“My health has deteriorated in the past couple of years and Ken has been a tower of strength.

“He is absolutely brilliant, he does everything, cooks and cleans, and he never grumbles. I really struck gold when I met Ken.”

Ken said: “My old card is brimming with messages but there’s room for many more. It’s got plenty of years left in it yet.”