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