Cou­ple cel­e­brate 60 years of mar­riage with fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion in Malta

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A cou­ple who had to walk more than six miles home from their first date be­cause they had no money to share a taxi are now celebrating their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Ivan and Rita Har­ris met at a dance in Witham in Fe­bru­ary 1956 but when the end of the night came and they tried to find a way back to Rita’s home in Tip­tree, they re­alised they had spent all their cash and had to walk.

The cou­ple mar­ried later that year but then had to re­lo­cate to Malta be­cause Ivan was posted there for naval ser­vice.

Af­ter five years they re­turned to the UK and set­tled in Monk wick, Colch­ester, for 20 years be­fore mov­ing to Green­stead.

Rita worked as a cleaner at Es­sex County Hospi­tal, while Ivan took a job as a lorry driver .

Once they had both re­tired Ivan, now 81, and Rita, 79, de­cided to move back to Malta hav­ing fallen in love with the coun­try when they had pre­vi­ously lived there.

Most of the fam­ily, which in­cludes four chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren went to a cel­e­bra­tion last week­end to mark the an­niver­sary.

Daugh­ter Lor­raine Burke told the Es­sex County Stan­dard the trip had been a mas­sive suc­cess.

She said: “They al­ways said they wanted to go off to Malta be­cause it holds so many for them when they were in their younger days.

“We went this week­end and had a big fam­ily meal.

“My par­ents used to be big party peo­ple but ob­vi­ously not quite so much now.

“We do not get much time to­gether so it was re­ally lovely to have so many fam­ily mem­bers to­gether.

“My dad some­times says the se­cret of their longevity is let­ting my mum get her own way, or at least think she is get­ting her own way.”

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