No se­cret to 60 years mar­ried

Rodney Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MICHELE ONG

One of the best things about be­ing mar­ried 60 years is the priv­i­lege of be­ing able to en­joy each other’s com­pany, an Orewa cou­ple says.

Alan and Eileen Hall of Eve­lyn Page Re­tire­ment Vil­lage are de­lighted to cel­e­brate their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

‘‘There is no se­cret to a long-last­ing mar­riage, you’ve just got to keep at it,’’ Mr Hall says.

In the early years of their en­gage­ment, Mr Hall told his fi­ancee he was un­sure if he would still love her when she was old and grey.

‘‘ When Eileen asked me, all starry-eyed, I very tact­lessly told her I couldn’t re­ally say,’’ he says.

‘‘I said I wasn’t sure how I should feel af­ter all those years ahead,’’ he says.

He met Mrs Hall, nee Stokes, at a Christ­mas so­cial or­gan­ised by his youth group, Brown­hill Rd Bap­tist Church, in South Lon­don.

‘‘I was not a reg­u­lar church­goer, hav­ing out­grown Sun­day school, and other in­ter­ests in­ter­vened.

‘‘But I re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion nonethe­less and met up with a fel­low dropout, Ken Briggs,’’ Mr Hall says.

Un­be­known to Mr Hall, his church had also ex­tended the in­vi­ta­tion to their neigh­bour­ing church Perry Rise Bap­tist, at­tended by Eileen and her friend Dorothy Wor­ley.

Both Alan and Eileen ‘‘got along like wild­fire’’, and he pro­posed to her in 1950 in his par­ents’ liv­ing room.

They were mar­ried on May 12, 1951, at Perry Rise Bap­tist.

The cou­ple spent many years in south­ern Africa, where Mr Hall worked as an en­gi­neer be­fore em­i­grat­ing to New Zealand on Box­ing Day 1965. They lived in Napier and Ro­torua be­fore mov­ing to Auck­land to be close to their adopted son Ni­cholas.

Mr and Mrs Hall have two grand­chil­dren, Heath­cliff and Ade­laide, and three god­grand­chil­dren, Ryan, Joshua and Dana.

Life­long com­pan­ions: Alan and Eileen Hall of Eve­lyn Page Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Orewa say the best thing about be­ing mar­ried is the com­pan­ion­ship.

Wed­ding bells: Alan and Eileen Hall tied the knot on May 12, 1951, at Perry Rise Bap­tist, the church Eileen at­tended in her youth.

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