Di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA CRAFAR

Roger and Val God­frey cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary at Pep­pertree Care Cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 17.

Ac­cord­ing to Roger, hav­ing con­stant com­pan­ion­ship in their mar­riage was key to its longevity.

‘‘I guess I picked a rea­son­able part­ner,’’ Roger joked, while Val waved the no­tion away with a wry grin.

The cou­ple spent the ma­jor­ity of their life on a 30 hectare block in Fox­ton, af­ter pur­chas­ing it in 1976.

‘‘We lived in a 24 square me­tre house. I built it my­self. It was small, but it was all that we needed,’’ Roger says.

That, and a few flashy goats, which Val took on and suc­cess­fully bred, so much so the kid tally reached 250 be­fore she re­tired.

Ro­mance blos­somed while they were work­ing in Christchurch for the At­lantic oil com­pany .

‘‘She walked past my friend and I."Roger re­mem­bers. ‘‘ She was about five foot and quite nice. He said to me, ‘I bet you won’t ask her out’.’’

Need­less to say, his friend lost the wa­ger. Roger asked her out three days later to the screen­ing of a film nei­ther of them can re­mem­ber.

‘‘It was some­thing that didn’t mat­ter any­way,’’ Roger laughs.

Their courtship was brief, last­ing just three months.

The love­birds had their first date in Novem­ber, con­firmed their en­gage­ment in De­cem­ber, and mar­ried at St An­drew’s Church in Christchurch on Fe­bru­ary 17, 1956.

Not long af­ter, At­lantic be­came Mo­bil, and the pow­ers that were con­vinced the new­ly­weds to trans­fer to Welling­ton. So they pre­pared for the in­teris­land shift with their lives packed up in 97 boxes.

Once there, they resided mostly in New­lands, and started their own fam­ily.

At this stage, Val took a step back from At­lantic/Mo­bil, and ded­i­cated her­self to fam­ily and fos­ter­ing chil­dren.

Roger and Val had two of their own, Mar­cus and Ni­cholas, and adopted a baby girl called Diana.

True Ki­wis, the cou­ple said they never trav­elled over­seas or had any de­sire to. ‘‘We didn’t need it. We had one an­other,’’ Val says.

‘‘We were happy in our own [zone]...we’ve had a good life, to­gether,’’ Roger says.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIRFAX NZ

Roger and Val God­frey at Pep­pertree Care Cen­tre en­joy­ing time with each other on their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

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