Couple celebrate 65 years together

SERIOUS DEVOTION: Vera and Martin McAtear celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary at Walmsley House in Invercargill yesterday.
SERIOUS DEVOTION: Vera and Martin McAtear celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary at Walmsley House in Invercargill yesterday.

She did not want to go on the first date, but she did anyway.

Martin and Vera McAtear celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at Walmsley House in Invercargill surrounded by friends and family yesterday.

"He asked me out, and I didn't really want to go," Mrs McAtear said.

"Afterwards, he took my arm. That was a big deal back then. If somebody took your arm, you knew it was serious."

Mr McAtear spent 15 on an engagement ring.

"It was a lot of money back then," he said.

The couple moved to New Zealand from Scotland in 1964 to join other members of their family.

"We have three children, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. I think we might be finished now," Mrs McAtear said.

Mr McAtear, 88, and Mrs McAtear, 91, planned to spend the remainder of the afternoon enjoying live music from a group of accordion players followed by afternoon tea, and maybe a sherry or two.

Mrs McAtear's advice for couples hoping for a happy marriage?

"If you never argue, there's something wrong."

The Southland Times