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Manea couple say love and mutual respect is the secret of 60-year marriage

Betty and Robert Russ from Manea, who are celebrating 60 years marriage ANL-140731-083604009

Betty and Robert Russ from Manea, who are celebrating 60 years marriage ANL-140731-083604009

A Manea couple say love and mutual respect is the secret of their 60-year marriage.

Robert and Betty Russ celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

The couple, who live in Station Road, first met as children while growing up in Somerset.

But love blossomed when they met up again as adults and tied the knot at Shepton Montague church in 1954.

The couple were actually married on Mrs Russ’s grandmother’s 64th wedding anniversary.

Mr Russ, who worked on the railways, said: “My cousin Fred James was my best man. Instead of reading a speech, he read out my appointment as a station master. So I had a new job, new house and new wife in one day.”

Mr Russ went on to work at a number of stations in London, Devon and Kent.

The couple have three children, Robert, David and Katherine.

Mr and Mrs Russ will be joined by 30 members of their family in a celebratory trip to Somerset later this year.

Mr Russ said of the secret of a long marriage: “Mutual respect and love for each other and we still love each other.

“We are both Christians and when you make that promise to keep to each other for the rest of your lives, it means something.”

 

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