Egremont couple celebrates 65th wedding anniversary

By Rachael Grealish

EGREMONT couple received a card from the Queen to congratulate them on their 65th wedding anniversary.

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“It’s about give and take” Raymond and Mary Rodgers still going strong after 65 years – picture by Robert Haile

Raymond and Mary Rodgers marked their blue sapphire wedding anniversary on Thursday, August 4, decades after meeting in their teens.

The couple, who have lived in Egremont for almost 50 years, said they were ‘overwhelmed’ to receive the card from the Queen as they didn’t expect it.

Mrs Rodgers said: “We just didn’t expect it and we didn’t expect to have the wonderful day we have had today.”
Their youngest daughter, Jean Dewaine, 55, orchestrated the plan to surprise the couple with the help of her daughter.

Ms Dewaine said: “My daughter emailed the palace to see if they were eligible and they said you needed a wedding certificate, so I managed to get it and the rest is history.”

Raymond and Mary met in Windermere, on Mary’s 17th birthday, in 1948.
He was a soldier-turned abattoir worker, and she was on a date with another man.

Mrs Rodgers said: “He wanted me to row him up and down the lake, because I could, he couldn’t and I said ‘no’ -and this voice said: ‘good girl, don’t do it’ and it was Raymond.”

And that was that – they married in 1951 and honeymooned in Glenridding and Ulswater, which is still their favourite lake and place to visit.

When asked what the secret to a long marriage Mrs Rodgers said: “It’s about give and take, and anyone tells you they’ve never had a row, well, they’re lying.”

23,740 days, three children, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one letter from the queen all make up the 65 years Raymond and Mary Rodgers have been married.