Who can resist the lure of that lovely chocolate and caramel combo? Lynne Brooks, that’s who.
The 51-year-old, from Stinchcombe, has kept a Rolo safe for a whopping 33 years after her boyfriend gave it to her as a Valentine’s Day gift back in 1984.
Richard braved heavy snow and freezing temperatures to deliver the gift, delicately wrapped as a sign of his love to his sweetheart along with a card and a bouquet of flowers.
The couple married in 1986 and now, 33 years and three children later, Lynne still to this day has the treasured chocolate stashed away in a box.
She recalls: “We weren’t living together at the time, so Richard came up to my house before he went to work, to leave me a card, some flowers and his last Rolo. It was all wrapped up and I remember thinking I wouldn’t eat it, I thought I would keep it.”
Richard adds: “I left Lynne my last Rolo as an expression of love, because as the slogan suggests, I loved her enough to give her my last Rolo.”
For the past 33 years, Lynne has kept Richard’s last Rolo in a small wooden box and admits it has become quite a talking point with friends, family and colleagues.
She said: “Our kids think it is mad and everyone at work thinks it is a little bit crazy to have kept it for this long. Sometimes I even take it into work around Valentine’s Day to show people it.”
Even after 33 years together, the couple who celebrated their 30 th wedding anniversary last year still keep their romance alive by taking the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Lynne says: “Every year we have a candlelit Valentine’s meal at home. We always send other cards and Richard will get me some flowers.”
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And it is not just the Valentine’s Day traditions which Lynne and Richard continue to enjoy either.
Rolo, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year, remains a firm favourite for the couple.
Lynne says: “We both like Rolo and it’s a favourite of my husband’s. Even now he would still give me his last Rolo and I would always do the same for him.”