Leonard Stanley couple celebrate 65th wedding anniversary
A COUPLE’S relationship was sealed with a kiss after meeting at a post office.
Mervyn and Iris Davis, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last Wednesday met by chance at a post office in Malvern 66 years ago.
The couple, who have two children, four grandchildren, a great grandchild and three step-great grandchildren, were married on September 4, 1948 in Iris’ home town of Nelson in Glamorgan, in south Wales.
"We got married in St Mabon’s which is the village church and then had our reception in a local pub," said Iris, who has lived in St Swithin’s in Leonard Stanley with Mervyn for 46 years.
"It was such a lovely day. I wore a white dress which I still have upstairs in the loft and the reception was beautiful and only cost us £15."
The pair, who were both 21 when they married, spent a couple of days in Manchester for their honeymoon before moving to Stroud to set up a life in the town where they both eventually worked at the former MOD base at Aston Down.
"No one really went on lavish honeymoons around the world back then and a couple of days in Manchester was enough for us," said Mervyn, who was serving in the Navy when he got married.
"We have managed to do some travelling since the children left home and have visited places in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Holland and Tunisia."
For the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary they went on a coach tour to Ireland, visiting both Kerry and Dublin with their two daughters Glenis and Margaret and both their husbands.
To celebrate 65 years the pair kept it simple with a family party at the Fromebridge Mill in Whitminster.
Earlier this year Margaret’s step-son Michael got married and Mervyn and Iris were used as an example a happy and successful married life.
When asked for the secret of their blissful marriage, Mervyn replied: "It’s all about the give and take and working together."
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