Peter and Dorothy Inglis celebrate their 65th wedding
anniversary yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Had Dorothy Clark decided to walk left at the
intersection instead of right while doing a spot of shopping
nearly 70 years ago, she might not have met the love of her
life, Peter Inglis.
The Dunedin-born couple celebrated their 65th wedding
anniversary yesterday and fondly recalled their chance
meeting on a Wellington street in their youth.
Mrs Inglis (88) said she had just moved to the capital and
had been working at the nurses' home when she decided some
shopping was in order.
''On my day off, I decided to go and find some shops - I
absolutely love shopping.
''I was 21 and I had never been to Wellington before.''
Mr Inglis (90) was on shore leave from his work on a
mine-sweeping naval vessel.
Mrs Inglis said she was looking in shop windows when she
first noticed Mr Inglis.
''He was in a navy uniform and he was the most handsome
sailer I had ever seen.
''He said right there and then: 'Can I see you on Saturday
"We agreed to meet at a dance. I didn't think he would turn
up, but he did.''
And the rest is history.
The couple married at the Church of Christ Community in
Dunedin on January 21, 1948, and went on to have three
children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren -
with a fourth on the way.
The couple are still very much young at heart and believe the
secret to a long and happy marriage is to keep busy.
''We have a busy life. We're always going out dancing, going
to the clubs, housie, visiting family,'' Mrs Inglis said.
''Having an active life keeps you young.
''It's also important to have common interests. We both love
dancing, gardening, socialising and travelling.''
Mr Inglis said they were members of several travel clubs
which visited different locations around New Zealand each
And not surprisingly, they both still love going shopping
''You've got to get rid of your money somehow,'' Mr Inglis
The couple believe making each other happy, looking after and
supporting each other had been keys to their successful
marriage, to the point where Mr Inglis can often be seen
waiting patiently for his wife to do daredevil activities
such as her recent bungy jump off the Auckland Sky Tower.
''I've been on jet-boats, bungy jumps - everything Queenstown
has to offer,'' Mrs Inglis said.
''It makes me happy and Peter always waits for me.
''People who have a nice kind nature - you can't help but
have a long marriage when you're married to a man like
The couple celebrated their anniversary with a dinner for two
at a Dunedin restaurant last night.