Nor­rie and Noleen mark 70 years

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Around this time 70 years ago, Nor­rie Crawley and Noleen Mackie were a mix­ture of nerves and ex­cite­ment as they cel­e­brated the big­gest day of their lives.

Now 70 years on, the cou­ple have achieved some­thing few do — their plat­inum wed­ding an­niver­sary.

“What am I do­ing,” joked Nor­rie, asked how he was feel­ing be­fore his wed­ding.

“I was feel­ing all right I think,” Noleen said. They were mar­ried at the Un­de­nom­i­na­tional Church in Tikokino.

The wed­ding went smoothly, but the pair al­most missed their hon­ey­moon af­ter they ar­rived in Waipawa too late for the train.

A help­ful wed­ding guest de­layed the train, and af­ter a fran­tic drive to Waipuku­rau the pair got on it to their hon­ey­moon in Auck­land. The pair met at a VE day dance at the end of the war, in the Hast­ings Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre.

“A fox­trot was on or some­thing,” laughed Nor­rie. At the time he worked for the for­est ser­vice in Gwavas For­est, while Noleen was a cook at both Gwavas Home­stead and Sawyer’s Arms Ho­tel in Tikokino.

The cou­ple lived in a cot­tage in Tikokino for four years be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Waipawa, where they raised three chil­dren, Gavin, Philip and Elaine.

Nor­rie was work­ing as county overseer for both Waipawa and Patan­gata county coun­cils. Fol­low­ing the merger into CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil he was works su­per­in­ten­dent. The pair both en­joyed gar­den­ing, Nor­rie pro­vid­ing the fam­ily with veg­eta­bles, and Noleen cul­ti­vat­ing the flower beds.

Nor­rie was also an ex­cel­lent rugby player, lead­ing to the loss of a few teeth and a nose bro­ken three times.

They said it was hard to give ad­vice to young cou­ples in this ever-chang­ing world, but had a few pearls of wis­dom.

“You need pa­tience, or you need tol­er­ance re­ally,” Noleen said.

“If one’s al­ways right, the other is al­ways wrong,” Nor­rie said. “That’s a dan­ger.”

They were not plan­ning any ma­jor event for their an­niver­sary, hav­ing al­ready had lunch with their fam­ily on the week­end.

Sev­enty years into the mar­riage, the pair now live in an apart­ment at a re­tire­ment vil­lage in Have­lock North, and are still liv­ing rel­a­tively in­de­pen­dently.

At 92 Nor­rie still en­joys get­ting out in the gar­den, even if on a smaller scale to what he used to achieve.

Noleen con­tin­ues to en­joy­ing cook­ing and craft work.

As well as their three chil­dren, they have six grand­chil­dren and 11 great­grand­chil­dren, a tes­ta­ment to the 70 years they have spent to­gether.

Nor­rie and Noleen Crawley cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding an­niver­sary.

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