A LOCAL couple recently toasted sixty years of matrimonial bliss.
Harry and Joan Carson, who have three children and nine grandchildren, said the secret to their successful marriage was their strong Christian faith and shared love of music.
They celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a party for friends and family in Edenmore Golf Club on December 30.
Harry explained how he met Joan (then McBratney). “We met at a cousin’s house as a result of our joint interest in music,” he said.
Joan added: “I was doing solo singing in choirs and Harry would have played accompaniment.”
The pair married in Queen’s Parade Methodist Church in Joan’s home town of Bangor before moving to Lurgan where they set up home at Glenview Drive.
Harry said: “We were the first occupants at Glenview Drive. I remember it being fairly sparse. There were no lights for the first few months.”
As a music teacher Harry taught in Clounagh before moving to Lurgan College where he enlightened the lives of students from 1973 to 1993. He finished his teaching career working part time at Stranmillis.
Joan worked for the Inland Revenue but had to give up her job when she became pregnant with their first child.
Harry and Joan have three children - David, Alison and Fiona and each of those children has three children of their own, making Harry and Joan grandparents nine times over.
When asked what is the secret to sixty years of happy marriage Harry said: “Our Christian faith has kept us together through thick and thin, good times and bad times.
“We’ve always enjoyed music and I still play in local churches and Joan still sings.”
Harry and Joan continue to hit all the right notes both in High Street Methodist Church and in married life and hope to do so for many years to come.