"Would you ask a lady for a dance without seeing her face? Would you be happy to simply follow your instincts and have that blind date? We come across love so often in our lives and sadly never see it or choose to dance with it. Often, the following of one's instincts is well rewarded; particularly where affairs of the heart are concerned.
On the 15th, December 2010, I came across to Haworth to meet Sheila for the very first time. We had a coffee and a chat in Gascoignes at the top of Main Street. To tell the truth, while not finding her instantly attractive of face, as she then wore her hair short and it looked too severe, there was definitely a beautiful person within her that drew me closer to her. Within a few more meetings, it was as plain as a pikestaff that we were soul mates, that we loved each other and had been destined to both meet and marry.
Over the next two years, as my good looks faded and my weight increased, Sheila's physical attractiveness grew and started to express itself more and more as her boundless beauty spread from within to rest upon her gentle face. I have always had an eye for art and particularly a good-looking woman and when I placed both images of my favourite ladies side-by-side, I then knew that my true love was more beautiful to behold than the Mona Lisa. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that by comparison, my Sheila makes Leonardo's model look no more than a plain Jane up north for the day from Watford Gap.
We married on my 70th birthday, on 10/11/12. Today is Sheila's 57th birthday and I swear she is more beautiful today than she looked when we first met. I love you lass. Have a very happy birthday, Bill xxx" William Forde: November 29th,2013.