'Give and take' is the key say golden couple

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 July 2016

Christine and Ernie Hoare are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Christine and Ernie Hoare are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

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An Exmouth couple who were teenage sweethearts have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and shared the secret of their long and happy marriage.

Christine 71 and Ernie Hoare,72, of Lime Grove, were around the age of nine when they first met, after their parents had moved into the same block of flats.

The couple credit their 50 years of marriage to working together and not giving up on each other.

Ernie said: “The secret is to give and take.

“You have your ups and downs, you just have to enjoy your ups and fight your downs get through it.”

The pair first met each other in 1952 when their parents moved into the same block of flats at Saxon Mound, in Leeds.

Despite having gone to the same primary school together, the couple did not get together until 1965.

Mr Hoare left Leeds and joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19.

He bumped into Christine at their local pub, the Cranmer, in Leeds, when he was home visiting family and friends.

After asking her out, they have been together ever since.

They married in June 1966, six months after their meeting in the pub, and had two children, Deborah, who was born in 1967, and Gray in 1971.

The two were based in Plymouth with the Royal Marines before moving to Lympstone and eventually settling in Exmouth.

Before the couple moved to Plymouth, Ernie would demonstrate his dedication to Christine by travelling back to Leeds every weekend to see her.

He said: “I was going up and down from Plymouth every weekend and it used to take seven hours each way.

“Just for two days - it must say something.”

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