Exmouth couple celebrating diamond wedding anniversary share secret of lasting love

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:20 19 July 2018

Janet and John Harris on their diamond wedding anniversary. Ref exe 27 18TI 7128. Picture: Terry Ife

Janet and John Harris on their diamond wedding anniversary. Ref exe 27 18TI 7128. Picture: Terry Ife

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An Exmouth couple who recently enjoyed a surprise celebration for their diamond wedding anniversary say ‘patience and laughter’ have been the keys to their long and happy marriage.

Janet and John Harris on their diamond wedding anniversary. Ref exe 27 18TI 7139. Picture: Terry IfeJanet and John Harris on their diamond wedding anniversary. Ref exe 27 18TI 7139. Picture: Terry Ife

Janet Ann Harris and John Barton, of Victoria Road, were ‘humbled’ by surprise celebrations organised by their two daughters, Sue and Jane, to mark 60 years of happy marriage for the 82-year-old couple, on Thursday, July 5.

A weekend of treats got started on Saturday, July 7, with the Exmouth Land Train being specially booked to transport the happy couple to the beach for Champagne and ‘beautiful delicacies’.

They then swam in the sea at Pirate Cove before having ‘a lovely lunch’ at Rockfish, with around a dozen family members, ending the day with a barbecue at their daughter Jane’s house.

The celebrations were finally concluded on Sunday, when the group gathered one last time, taking the train to Lympstone for breakfast.

Janet and John Harris on their diamond wedding anniversary. Ref exe 27 18TI 7124. Picture: Terry IfeJanet and John Harris on their diamond wedding anniversary. Ref exe 27 18TI 7124. Picture: Terry Ife

Janet said: “I felt humbled to think that they had gone to all that trouble. It went straight to our hearts. It was very touching. Our daughters are so thoughtful anyway, but nevertheless it was a great surprise.”

Janet said the fun and variety of the celebration was in contrast to the simplicity of hers and John’s wedding day, in 1958, which was ‘very low-key’ being not long after the war had ended.

On the secret to a long, happy marriage, she added: “A lot of patience, because we are quite different personalities, but we do gel very well.

He’s like the Rock of Gibralter and I’m here, there and everywhere, but it works well. We’ve got a good sense of humour too and we are always laughing.”

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