Couple clock up 65 years of wedded bliss

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Although marriage isn’t all roses, Ted and Jean McInnes agree 65 years of marriage is one achievement to be proud of.

The couple have already received cards from the Queen and Prime Minister John Key but admit their anniversary will be a quiet one.

Mr and Mrs McInnes have lived in Oamaru all their married life and have been heavily involved in the community.

The couple married in a Methodist Church in Green Island, Dunedin.

It took place in the evening, like they did back then.

Mrs McInnes laughs thinking about the permit they needed to have cream at the wedding, following World War Two.

When asked what it takes from both parties to reach a 65th wedding anniversary, Mr McInnes replies: ‘patience’.

“Yes that’s a good word,” said Mrs McInnes.

“And tolerance.”

Mr McInnes said due to the couple both living busy lives, time seemed to pass by quickly.

“He makes a nice coffee,” said Mrs McInnes.

“I’m the world’s worst cook,” laughed Mr McInnes.

By Jessie Waite