Sixty years on af­ter head over heels ro­mance

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Margery and Arthur Avis still pos­sess flashes of the two cheeky teenagers they were when they first met at a down­town Auck­land bus stop.

The cou­ple rem­i­nisced on their school days at their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary last week, sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at Sum­mer­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Aotea.

Both of them had dif­fer­ing ac­counts of their courtship, how­ever.

‘‘He [ Arthur] was an Auck­land Gram­mar boy in those days and I used to see him when I’d get off the bus at the bus stop on Sy­monds St,’’ Margery said.

‘‘My uni­form had a white heron on it and he’d come up to me and say, ‘Hello stalky’ and I’d say, ‘ How are the lions feed­ing?’’’

Arthur claimed Margery fell head over heels for him – lit­er­ally.

‘‘When we pro­gressed to see­ing each other, we went to the Olympic swim­ming pool.

‘‘She took a walk on the top tower and the first point of phys­i­cal con­tact was my foot on her back­side push­ing her into the wa­ter.’’

She said it was the way Arthur held him­self that cap­tured her heart all those years ago.

‘‘He was never late and he was just very cour­te­ous.’’

Arthur re­sponded, ‘‘ She had the best pair of boobs in the vil­lage’’.

Most of their Satur­day nights were spent at the Rail­way So­cial Hall danc­ing to Bill Se­visi.

‘‘It started off, I had to be home by 11pm, then the time grew and grew,’’ said Margery.

They mar­ried in Auck­land on Fe­bru­ary 3, 1951, and moved to Red­wood Ave in Tawa in 1964, where they lived for 15 years.

The Avises had three chil­dren but lost their el­dest son Robert in a car ac­ci­dent in Welling­ton in 1970.

‘‘It’s un­nat­u­ral to have to bury your own chil­dren,’’ Arthur said.

‘‘They’re sup­posed to bury you, not the other way around.’’

Margery said the fam­ily stayed strong amid the tragedy and the close-knit com­mu­nity in Tawa ‘‘wrapped us in a warm blan­ket and helped us get through it’’.

A fam­ily din­ner was held at Mana Cruis­ing Club last Satur­day with their son, daugh­ter and four grand­chil­dren.

Love and laugh­ter: On Fe­bru­ary 3, 1951, Margery and Arthur Avis were mar­ried in Auck­land. Sixty years later to the day, they cel­e­brated their an­niver­sary by cut­ting more cake.

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