A COUPLE have celebrated their Blue Sapphire Wedding Anniversary in Somerford Keynes on Thursday.
Joyful celebrations were held in hotels for their Ruby, Golden and Diamond wedding anniversaries, but in 2020 having friends over for coffee sufficed for Michael and Mary Harris as they marked 65 years of marriage.
Married at Eldersfield near Tewkesbury in 1955, they soon moved to Somerford Keynes just two years later where they bought a farm.
Michael and Mary were both from farming families, so they started a milking herd in the village.
They bought more land at Ashton Keynes and Preston before they ceased milking, and turned the farm into an arable farm.
The couple have been involved with many activities and committees in the village over the years including the church, parish council, WI, and the bowls club. And they still take a huge interest in the village.
Mary is also a former committee member of the Corinium Ladies Luncheon Club, now in its 50th year.
She completed a two year City & Guild course at Cheltenham and followed this with being a member of the Fine Arts Society and loves flower arranging.
Michael’s life was being a very dedicated farmer, and he never wished to retire, so gardening and church yard duties replaced farm work.
He can be found every Friday, with a group of men, keeping the churchyard immaculate.
Michael also has an interest in sport, having played cricket when he was younger and watching rugby.
He enjoys being a member of Corinium Probus Club, listening to lectures and visits out.
The couple have three children, Vivien, Paul and Charles, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Their daughter Vivien married in Somerford Keynes Church in 1981, and their grand-daughter Sophie married Ferg Reid at the same venue on July 4 this year, the first wedding to take place in the parish since lockdown.
Holidays abroad are much enjoyed, but river cruises around Europe were the favourite, as well as educational.
Mary 88, and Michael 86 said: “Having a loving family gives us great support and makes continued life very interesting.
“The secret for happiness, as well as still being in love, helping one another through any difficulties with respect and tolerance, proves one can still live together in harmony.
“We’re fortunate to have separate rooms to view each others different TV programmes!”