A COUPLE are celebrating their Diamond Wedding – 64 years after their eyes first met across copies of the Oxford Mail.
Great-grandparents and former Mail employees Harry and Megan Humphris marked the milestone with family, friends and cake at their Cassington home yesterday.
Mrs Humphris, 80, started working at the Mail’s offices, then in New Inn Hall Street in the city centre, as a messenger girl in the editorial department when she was 15 and Mr Humphris, 85, worked as a printer’s assistant in the garage.
They first met when Mrs Humphris was sent to fetch the third edition of the newspaper and ran into her future husband.
Mrs Humphris said: “I remember going back up to editorial and saying there is a smashing bloke in the machine room if you want to have a look. So my friend did.”
She added: “There was quite a gang of us at the Mail, about six of us married people from there.”
The couple got together when they went to St Giles Fair and they dated for four years before marrying at St Matthew’s Church in Marlborough Road, South Oxford, on September 18, 1952.
Their reception was held at Mrs Humphris’ family home in Weirs Lane and they honeymooned in Brighton.
The couple now have four children in their 50s, Linda Kimber, Gillian Burrage, Keith Humphris and Howard Humphris, as well as eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and another one expected next year.
On whether there is a secret to a long and happy marriage, Mrs Humphris added: “Just knowing everything about one another.
“We have also enjoyed the same sort of things.”