Abbotsford couple say 60 years of marriage has gone quickly

Happy couple Ross (86) and Lorraine Matthews (82) celebrated 60 years of marriage yesterday....
Happy couple Ross (86) and Lorraine Matthews (82) celebrated 60 years of marriage yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh.
Make sure you pick the right person.

That is the advice Ross Matthews has for young people looking for love.

And he should know, he and wife Lorraine celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Both born in Dunedin, the couple have lived in their home in Abbotsford since they married, in 1961.

Mrs Matthews, nee Perks, caught Mr Matthews’ eye when he ran his shop Matthews Jeweller on the corner of Princes and Carroll Sts, where he worked for 45 years.

"Every morning I used to sweep the footpath outside, and this girl used to walk past," he said.

Mrs Matthews would be on her way to work at City Motors, one block up.

Mr Matthews asked a mutual friend to introduce him to her, then swept her off her feet.

The couple had their first date at a Scout barn dance in Highcliff.

Their wedding took place at the Maori Hill Presbyterian Church.

Mr Matthews said the wind blew so strongly on their wedding day a friend had to lie on the ground holding Mrs Matthew’s dress down during their reception at La Scala in Musselburgh.

Together, they had travelled extensively throughout the world.

"We have been and done a lot," Mrs Matthews said.

Time had gone very quickly, she said.

They had two children and four grandchildren.

These days the pair spend time in the garden and attend Otago Vintage Car Club meetings and events.

Mr Matthews said the key to a successful marriage was the ability to have a good argument.

They had a special afternoon tea yesterday with their matron of honour and her husband to celebrate their anniversary.

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