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Watford couple, Norman and Margaret Jarritt, celebrate blue sapphire 65th wedding anniversary
A couple who raised their children in central Watford celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary last week and said the secret to a happy marriage was "mutual interests and, most importantly, a deep love".
Norman and Margaret Jarritt celebrated 65 years of marriage last Wednesday with a romantic dinner for two.
The couple met through a friend in 1938 when they were 15 and 16-years-old. They married atDerby Road Baptist Church in Watford in 1948 where Mrs Jarritt had always worshipped.
Mrs Jarritt said: "We were partners in a game where the girls had to choose a boy to go with. I picked him and we have been together ever since. It just went from there."
Mrs Jarritt, 92, was born in Watford and lived in Queen's Road. She raised her children in the town with Mr Jarritt until they moved to America in 1980. The pair lived in America for five years and then retired to Ipswich where they live now.
Mr Jarritt worked at the head office of Nat West Bank in london and moved into the international banking sector, a job which took him all around the world, even as far as Moscow, and eventually led to his posting in New York.
The couple attended Watford Boys and Girls Grammar Schools, and their sons, Ian and Graham, followed in their footsteps and are old Fullerians. Ian too went into banking and Graham was the principal Hartlepool Borough librarian.
Mrs Jarritt said: "We married in 1948 and my husband was living in Oxhey at the time. It was a much simpler event than these days. We married at 1.30 and were going on our honeymoon by 5.30. It was a wonderful affair though.
"We first lived in my parents’ home and we had our own floor, but once we’d had our two children and the four of us were living in one room, we had a house built in Cassiobury Drive."
Mrs Jarritt worked as a secretary at Watford Youth Council and said "we had one meeting a month in the town hall meeting room".
The pair also two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs Jarritt said their youngest great-grandchild being 13-years-old "really makes them feel their age".
The couple celebrated by going out for a meal and Mrs Jarritt said: "We just had a quiet one this year cause we had a big family one for our 40th and 60th anniversaries."
She added: "I think the secret to a happy marriage is having mutual interests so it’s not just about the love. Most importantly though, it’s about having a deep love and our strong Christian faith really binds us together. But mostly love."
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