Lyall (88) and Shirley (80) Larson, of Mosgiel, celebrate
their 60th wedding anniversary quietly at home yesterday.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
Lyall Larson's got two left feet, and the apple of his
eye loves to dance.
But for Mr Larson, not being able to dance was a mere
technicality when it came to catching the eye of Shirley
Larson (nee Smith).
The couple first met outside a dance at the Dunedin Town Hall
more than 60 years ago.
Mrs Larson said she was on her way in to the dance with her
sister and some friends, when Mr Larson drove by and asked
where she was going.
''I told him we were going to the dance, but he told me some
bull story about how he had sprained his ankle and he
couldn't dance that night.''
It turned out he really could not dance at all.
''And I still can't unless I've had a couple of whiskies,''
Despite their obvious differences, the couple got together
and found a new social event to attend - motorbike racing at
the Tahuna Speedway on Saturday nights.
''That was the thing you did in those days. If you didn't
dance, you went to the speedway,'' Mrs Larson said.
The couple eventually married at St Matthew's Anglican Church
on Stafford St on October 17, 1953, and yesterday they
quietly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their
Both said 60 years was a long time, and attributed the
longevity of their marriage to making sure they did not take
each other too seriously.
''If you can't beat 'em, join 'em - that's about right,'' Mrs
''We're great friends and we laugh together a lot.
''We have our arguments, but we always make up.''
They hope to officially celebrate their anniversary next
Thursday with dinner for two ''somewhere in town''.