Dot and Ron celebrate 60 years of marriage
PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 July 2015
Sixty years of romance has proven to be in the cards for a Budleigh couple after they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Ron Pearcey, 82, and wife Dot, 79, marked the occasion last Thursday.
Ron has lived in the town his whole life, while Dot moved there as a teenager, and they subsequently met at a whist drive.
They were married at St Andrew’s Church, Clyst Hydon, and went on to have eight children – Alan, Linda, Robert, Kenneth, Jennifer, Harold, Sandra and Martin.
Their children have given them 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Having previously worked on farms, Dot gave up work to look after the children, but later returned to work at Bicton Park and B&Q.
Ron worked initially as a painter and decorator, with his father before taking on the business himself, and then became a full-time fisherman, having fished part-time in the past.
Following his retirement, Ron still fishes for pleasure, and also spends much of his time in the garden, which keeps the couple supplied with fruit and vegetables.
The couple, who live in Dukes Road, have previously supported Age Concern Budleigh Salterton, while Dot enjoys bingo, and helping out with jigsaw puzzles for National Trust property A la Ronde.
On their anniversary, the couple received a congratulatory card from the Queen, and a visit from the Mayor of Budleigh, Courtney Richards (pictured left).
They then had a family dinner that evening, before a big party on Saturday night.
When asked for the secret of their success, Ron said: “We agreed when we got married that I would do what I wanted, and she would do what she wanted.
“She goes to bingo, I go for a pint – that way we don’t fall out. We have never had a row in our lifetime so far.”
Dot added: “It’s give and take.”
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