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Perranporth couple say laughter is secret to happy marriage

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: August 05, 2013

Jenifer and Roger Harris celebrate golden wedding anniversary

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A Perranporth couple celebrating 50 years of marriage say the secret to a long lasting relationship is “lots of laughter”.

Jenifer and Roger Harris will be marking their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends, including their bridesmaids, at the Cove, in Maenporth.

The venue is the nearest one to where the couple held their reception 50 years ago which was at The Crag at Maenporth, which has since burned down.

Their big day was in mid-August to avoid the rugby season as Mr Harris was a county player who had been selected to play for England.

His wife recalled: “Roger went on to sit on the England bench 11 times because in those days no replacements were allowed to play unless the doctor agreed that an injured player could continue.

“Even though in 1963 at the time of our wedding Roger was 23 and in the early stages of his rugby career, it was still very important to him not to miss his Saturday game for Penryn's 1st XV. Luckily for him, I enjoyed rugby and had been watching the game since I was a child because my Father had played for Falmouth and Redruth in his younger days and followed the game all his life.

“I enjoyed watching Roger play and was very proud of his achievements playing for Cornwall over 60 times, captaining a combined Cornwall and Devon team that went to Romania, playing for the Barbarians and being picked for England.”

The couple, who have two children and three grandchildren, met at Cornwall tech (now Cornwall College) and both went on to become teachers.

“Roger had attended St. Luke's College in Exeter and I had worked in Paris and London,” added Mrs Harris.

“We met up again and lived in Plymouth with Roger teaching and me working at Westward Television. Some years later we moved back to Cornwall and Roger taught at Truro Cathedral where he had once been a pupil. When we had a young family there were more changes when Roger moved to teach at Redruth School where he stayed until retirement and I taught at Trewirgie Junior School, in Redruth.”

The couple said they enjoy many pastimes together, including rugby, sailing, walking around Cornwall, and travels further afield.

When asked what has kept them together, they said: “A bit of ‘give and take' and lots of laughter. Laughter is a good 'glue' for a partnership.”

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