Couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

PUBLISHED: 10:57 12 June 2014

Philip and Mary Ashley celebrated their anniversary yesterday (Wed).

Philip and Mary Ashley celebrated their anniversary yesterday (Wed).

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A BLEADON couple, who did not get on well when they first met, are toasting 65 years of marriage this week.

Mary and Philip Ashley, of Birch Avenue, attended Locking Road School but she openly admits it was not until after the war that romance began to blossom.

Mary, aged 86, said: “We didn’t really like each other at school but we met up by chance in 1947.

“He was walking along the seafront and he came across and asked if I fancied getting a coffee or an ice-cream.”

Philip, a former Fleet Air Arms serviceman, took Mary for an ice cream at Fortes and from there, two years later, they were married at Christ Church in Weston.

Philip, also aged 86, soon joined the police and became a dog handler for the Metropolitan Police in London but after a couple of decades in the capital they returned to Weston.

They have two sons – Paul and Peter – who live in Worlebury and Middlesex respectively. They also have four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mary said: “The recipe for a long and happy marriage is to keep a sense of humour, not take each other for granted, share interests and be supported by a wonderful caring family and neighbours.”

While yesterday (Wed) was their anniversary, Mary and Philip had a lunch on Saturday to mark the occasion, at Il Michelangelo - where Fortes used to be.

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