Humour and respect secret to wedded bliss

DIAMOND CELEBRATION: Val and Roy Maggs celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss together on June 12.

DIAMOND CELEBRATION: Val and Roy Maggs celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss together on June 12.

WHOEVER said "opposites attract" must have been talking about Val and Roy Maggs.

The Griffith couple, who celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss on June 12, met in 1948 when Val was just 15.

"Roy came up here from Manly for a week's holiday and we stood on the back of an old Model T Ford truck and got talking," Mrs Maggs said.

"I think I chased him. He was so shy and quiet. I invited him to the tennis and we had to meet in secret.

"My father was very strict. He had big aspirations for me and said I had to wait until I was 21 to get married.

"I had my 21st and then six months later we got married."

Mrs Maggs can still recall the windy and cold day they tied the knot at the Presbyterian Church in Griffith on June 12, 1954.

The pair, who have been blessed with three children, Ross, Bruce and Wendy, and six grandchildren, share an undeniable bond.

"We've always worked together," Mrs Maggs said.

"He's a good man and looks after me.

"Even now we communicate well," she said.

Although a man of few words, Mr Maggs said the vital ingredients to a long and happy marriage were a sense of humour and mutual respect.

"She wasn't a bad tennis player I suppose," he said.

"You wouldn't go 60 years if you didn't like each other."

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