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Couple who met in a Burton cafe celebrate 50 years together

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A COUPLE who met in a Burton caf in the 60s are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary today, surrounded by family and friends. Mick Harrison, 69, and his wife Mary, 71, met at the Alexander Caf at the end of the railway station bridge, in Burton, when Mick was in the Territorial Army and Mary was waitressing. More than 50 years later, they are still happily married and living together in Berryhedge Lane,Winshill.

However, Mary revealed that she actually turned Mick down when he first proposed. She said: “It was a bit of a shock.

“I wasn’t interested in getting married because I wanted to keep working, but he convinced me.”

Mick explained that when they met he was out celebrating his first pay day. He said: “It was our first one so we went out in the town.

“Mary was working there and we started chatting, then we started meeting up, and that was it.”

The pair married at St Paul’s Church, in Burton, on September 25, 1965, when Mick was 18 years old and Mary was 20. Mick travelled around the world with the Army for 11 years as a radio operator, working in places such as Cyprus, North Africa, Canada, Libya, New Zealand. Mary joined him in Germany. Mick then worked as a bus driver for 33 years. The pair have two children Caroline and Scott. They also have two grandchildren, Bromley, 16, and five-year-old Teagan.

In their retirement, the couple are keen volunteers at local charity shops, with 26 years’ of experience between them. Mary, a retired bus conductor and cleaner, has volunteered at Scope for 23 years, while Mick has worked at the British Heart Foundation for the last three years. Mick said the secret to a long and happy marriage was equality.

He said: “We have our ups and downs, and we end up not speaking to each other, but we always make up before we go to bed.”

Mary agreed and said: “It’s all about give and take. We just take it as we go and we are happy.”

The couple will host a party tomorrow for their family to celebrate 50 years together.

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