Couple celebrate 60 years
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.