No secret to 60 years married
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.