Chance meeting lasts a lifetime

Cecil (87) and Dawn (83) Turner who celebrated their 65th weeding anniversary at Frances Hodgkins...
Cecil (87) and Dawn (83) Turner who celebrated their 65th weeding anniversary at Frances Hodgkins Retirement Village in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Seventy odd years after a chance encounter on a tram in Dunedin, Dawn and Cecil Turner yesterday celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Mrs Turner (nee Fullerton) was working in retail and Mr Turner was a carpenter when they met on a Dunedin tram all those years ago.

''He was after me,'' Mrs Turner (83) said.

Four years later, they married at the Andersons Bay Presbyterian Church, just around the corner from Waverley - the suburb that would be their home for more than 60 years.

Mr Turner (87) built their house in Belford St, where they lived until their recent move to the Frances Hodgkins Retirement Village in St Clair.

The couple have six children and eight grandchildren, making for some ''crowded'' family gatherings.

Daughter Sue Gavegan, who lives in Dunedin, was at yesterday's morning tea celebration at Frances Hodgkins.

''I say well done to them. They've done pretty well to still be looking this good after 65 years.''

The couple are now looking forward to 70 years of marriage.


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