Hon­ey­moon never ends for de­voted Tawa pair

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Many cou­ples ex­pe­ri­ence a ‘‘sev­enyear itch’’ – a rough patch af­ter a few years of mar­riage.

Tawa cou­ple Alf and Ruth Adams, mar­ried 70 years last week, turned the idea on its head – their rough patch hit days af­ter the wed­ding, fol­lowed by a hon­ey­moon pe­riod of six decades.

Mr and Mrs Adams, 95 and 93 re­spec­tively, cel­e­brated their plat­inum wed­ding an­niver­sary last Wed­nes­day at Longview Home. An el­e­gant tea party was held in their hon­our and on dis­play were con­grat­u­la­tory cards from the Queen, the gov­er­nor-gen­eral and Prime Min­is­ter John Key.

The cou­ple’s love story is a true ro­mance. Mrs Adams was a city girl, the daugh­ter of bak­ers at Aro Street Bak­ery and in the print­ing busi­ness her­self. Mr Adams was the son of North­land farm­ers.

They met at an Auck­land dance while Mrs Adams was on hol­i­day, and it was love at first sight.

‘‘I met Alf and he was nice, he was quiet and he was shy,’’ Mrs Adams says. ‘‘He wanted to write to me and he de­cided to come to Welling­ton to be near me.’’

Mr Adams got work on a farm in the Takapu Val­ley and cy­cled in to the big city for dates with his beloved.

World War II ac­cel­er­ated their ro­mance.

‘‘War broke out so I said ‘I have got to do some­thing’. I thought ‘ we’ll get mar­ried’,’’ Mr Adams says.

Days af­ter the wed­ding he was shipped off to Tren­tham mil­i­tary camp, then spent nearly three years fight­ing in the Pa­cific.

‘‘It was aw­ful,’’ Mrs Adams says. ‘‘ We got mar­ried and he went straight away. They said when the war started it would only last six months. It was six years.’’

Luck­ily there was a short­age of farm­ers in New Zealand so Mr Adams found his way back to her, and two sons, Brian and Keith, quickly fol­lowed.

‘‘The years have just skipped by,’’ Mrs Adams says. They are still a pair of love­birds. ‘‘I have got the best wife in the world. I love her more ev­ery day,’’ Mr Adams says.

Wed­ded bliss: Tawa’s Alf and Ruth Adams cel­e­brated 70 years of mar­riage last week, af­ter a rocky start to their mar­riage turned into decades of hap­pi­ness.

Wartime wed­ding: World War II kicked the cou­ple’s ro­mance into gear, and Mr Adams left to fight im­me­di­ately af­ter the wed­ding.

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