Cou­ple cel­e­brate 60 years

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - JA­NINE RANKIN

In a flurry of fun and fas­ci­na­tors, for­mer Palmer­ston North phar­ma­cist Gra­ham Wil­ton and wife Elaine cel­e­brated 60 years of wed­ded bliss on Satur­day.

Their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary brought them mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions from the Queen, Gover­nor-Gen­eral Sir Jerry Mateparae, and Prime Min­is­ter John Key.

‘‘The Spring Chick­ens’’ dance troupe per­formed to Di­a­monds are a Girl’s Best Friend and pre­sented the cou­ple with a dou­ble di­a­mond-shaped egg timer.

The se­cret to 60 years of mar­riage, ac­cord­ing to the re­tired Broad­way phar­ma­cist Gra­ham Wil­ton, was ‘‘hap­pi­ness. To love and be loved’’.

The cou­ple’s ro­mance be­gan at the North­ern Tennis Club in North St in 1954.

Gra­ham was Palmer­ston North born and bred. Elaine, from Hamilton, was on place­ment at Taonui School do­ing her coun­try ser­vice as an Auck­land-based teacher trainee.

They mar­ried in Hamilton on May 5, 1956, and have lived in Palmer­ston North ever since.

Gra­ham was the phar­ma­cist at Wil­ton’s Phar­macy, home of The Pink Cham­pagne Per­fumery, un­til his re­tire­ment in 2000.

The dance con­nec­tion dated back to those days, when the phar­macy used to cel­e­brate the re­lease of new per­fumes with some live en­ter­tain­ment.

Gra­ham and Elaine Wil­ton cel­e­brate their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary at The Chalet.

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