Bentley couple celebrating 70th wedding anniversary say sense of humour is key

Irene and Peter Metcalfe. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Irene and Peter Metcalfe. Picture: Jon Hewson.

RESPECT, love and a sense of humour is the recipe for a happy marriage according to Bentley couple Irene and Peter Metcalfe – who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on December 21.

The couple, who are both 90, first met at a roller-skating rink in their hometown of Nottingham in the UK, when there were just 16.

They started dating two years later when they were 18 and have been together ever since.

After getting married in 1946, the couple immigrated to Perth in 1964 with their two children and bought a house within a week at White Gum Valley, where they lived for 17 years before moving to Attadale.

The couple, who live together at SwanCare’s Waminda Aged Care Facility, celebrated their milestone with friends and neighbours, as well as SwanCare staff, who held a special afternoon tea for them.

“We have always been very respectful to one another as well as being able to laugh together,” said Mr Metcalfe.

“And we have always enjoyed doing similar things, we were both tai chi instructors for 10 years and danced together for many years, which we loved,” said Mrs Metcalfe.

SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis said he and the estate were keen to congratulate the couple on their special milestone anniversary.

“Reaching such a milestone anniversary is a wonderful achievement and we wish them both a very special day.”