Black Friday lucky for some

Otematata couple Eileen and Laurie Fraser celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today....
Otematata couple Eileen and Laurie Fraser celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today. Photo by Sally Rae.
Laurie and Eileen Fraser have been lucky in love - despite being married on Black Friday.

The couple, who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Otematata today, were married in Dunedin on August 13, 1948.

While people were always curious as to why they married on the 13th, the reason was simple - they could not get the church, hall or caterers on the Saturday.

"We thought, what the hell," Mrs Fraser (81) recalled.

The couple both grew up in Dunedin where Mr Fraser (83) played in the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band and his future bride was a Highland and national dancer and dance teacher.

Mrs Fraser, formerly Bevin, joined a women's pipe band and Mr Fraser used to help her with her bagpipes.

Was it love at first sight? "Maybe second or third," she laughed.

After the Frasers left their wedding at First Church in a taxi, the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band accompanied them to the photographer's, playing along George St and around the Octagon.

The Friday night procession held up the traffic and the council decided it was the last time the band would be allowed to walk through the streets on a Friday night.

The couple bought a holiday home in Otematata to which they later retired.

Mrs Fraser worked in the office of Cadbury for 20 years.

Asked the secret to a long marriage, Mrs Fraser said "stickability" while her husband quickly responded with "great constitution".

They couple have four children - Iain, Dale, Alan and Lynda - plus 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, with a ninth due in February.

 

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