Oamaru couple celebrate 65 years

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An Oamaru couple who have been living in the region all their lives celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Iris and Kevin Howard first met at the annual Scottish Ball at the Scottish Hall in 1947 and married 18 months later.

Mr Howard said he had a great night at the dance that evening.

“The dance was awesome; it was love at first sight.”

The couple were married at the St Patrick’s Basilica on July 23, 1949, with Father Tom Fahey the celebrant.

Mr Howard said it was a fabulous day and he had loved every moment of his time with Iris and their six children.

“It’s been really fun. We have children and have loved every single minute of our time together.”

The couple owned a small farm house in Windsor, before they decided to sell that and move into town, where they have stayed since 1976.

Mr Howard worked for the Waitaki County Council for more than 30 years, operating a grader, then driving trucks. He also represented North Otago at rugby on the wing in four appearances between 1943 and 1946 and even managed to dot down against the West Coast.

Mr Howard, who comes from a family of nine, felt longevity must run in their family, with eight of his family members making it into their 90s.

Both Kevin and Iris love living in Oamaru.

“It’s a really lovely town with so much to offer; we have loved living here our whole lives,” Mrs Howard said.

Mrs Howard said she would happily relive her 65 years with her husband again

“I have loved it, I’d happily re-live the 65 years we have spent together again; it has been really fun.”

One thing Mr and Mrs Howard remember most from their wedding day was how cheap it cost for the breakfast compared to today.

It cost 4 shillings and 6 pents, about 45 cents by today’s standards. That would get you nothing now, they said.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

FOND MEMORIES: Iris and Kevin Howard celebrate their 65 years together at their home yesterday.