60 years to­gether and pair still go­ing strong

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Sixty years to­gether is a di­a­mond an­niver­sary. It’s rare enough to at­tract a card from the Queen, as well as ac­knowl­edge­ments from our own govern­men­tal and par­lia­men­tary dig­ni­taries.

Bar­bara and Sel­wyn Healy are a couple of di­a­monds who spent the week­end cel­e­brat­ing with fam­ily and friends.

Blame the As­to­ria Ball­room. That’s where the pair met 65 years ago. Bar­bara, a Feild­ing lass, was only 15 at the time.

‘‘It was Labour Week­end,’’ Bar­bara says. ‘‘Alan Jor­dan and his band were play­ing.’’

Both have cel­e­brated other mile­stones this year – Bar­bara was 80 in April, while Sel­wyn turned 85 in June.

‘‘We’ve had a won­der­ful life, really,’’ Bar­bara says.

‘‘We’ve had many ar­gu­ments,’’ Sel­wyn coun­ters mis­chevi­ously, ‘‘and I haven’t won any of them... We were babysit­ting our grand­son, Sam who was six-years-old at the time, and he says ‘You know, gran­dad, you can never win’. ‘How right you are,’ I said. He knew the ropes.’’

Sam is one of six grand­chil­dren Bar­bara and Sel­wyn’s two daugh­ters and one son have pro­duced.

‘‘But we never went to bed with­out talk­ing out our dif­fer­ences,’’ Barabara says.

Ac­tive on school com­mit­tees, the pair played golf at Palmer­ston North Golf Club and lawn bowls at the Palmer­ston North Bowl­ing Club. In his younger days, Sel­wyn played cricket and rugby for Marist.

In the late 70s and into the 80s, the couple owned the Athe­nian Lounge in Coleman Pl be­neath the Deluxe Bil­liard Sa­loon next to Hallensteins – now Trumps. A friend of Manawatu rugby coach­ing great Gra- ham Hamer, Sel­wyn of­fered the Lounge as a so­cial get­away for mem­bers of the Manawatu team and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘We used to go to rugby games in Welling­ton and Wan­ganui to­gether, and he would study the teams... I used to tell him plenty,’’ Sel­wyn says.

‘‘It was a fun time,’’ Bar­bara adds.

Fam­ily though, has been the most im­por­tant thing.

‘‘We’ve been very for­tu­nate in hav­ing a lov­ing and car­ing fam­ily,’’ she says. ‘‘Our 60 years have passed very quickly and very hap­pily.’’

PHOTO: RICHARD MAYS/FAIR­FAX NZ

Ter­race End couple Bar­bara and Sel­wyn Healy cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Fri­day.

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