Love of the game
Invercargill couple Bert and Thelma Low say their mutual love of sport brought them together and has kept them together throughout their 65 years of marriage.
They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this month with family and friends at the Invercargill Workingmens' Club.
Mr and Mrs Low met on the tennis court at Rugby Park and were married a couple of years later at St Andrew's Church in South City on February 7, 1949.
Their passion for sport, including tennis, table tennis, indoor bowls, and golf has seen them through the years.
They enjoy watching sport on television together, and are patron and patroness of a golf club.
The pair married ''a couple of years'' after they met, Mrs Low said.
There was not really a traditional proposal, they ''just decided,'' she said.
It was a beautifully sunny day, she recalled, and the couple were married at 5pm.
For their honeymoon they travelled to Blenheim and back.
''They didn't have motorcars back then, so we went by train,'' Mr Low said.
The secret to their marriage was enjoying their three children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, Mrs Low said.
Mr Low's opinion was slightly different.
''Shut your mouth,'' was his answer, with a wry grin.
The Southland Times