KERANG couple Nancy and Keith Hall have celebrated 60 years of marriage, and are as happy as ever.

LOVE: Nancy and Keith Hall cut their 60th anniversary cake together recently.

LOVE: Nancy and Keith Hall cut their 60th anniversary cake together recently.

KERANG couple Nancy and Keith Hall have celebrated 60 years of marriage. 

The pair have five children, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The numbers may have added up but the two appear as happy together as ever, cutting their anniversary cake during celebrations with family members.

They met at a charades party in 1954 and went together for four years, because Mrs Hall, just 17 at the time, was not allowed to marry until she was 21 according to her mother. 

Until they could marry they spent many happy afternoons at the pictures or at dances before Mr Hall realised he needed to propose, as he had some competition.

"Someone tried to take me home [at a dance] and I said 'no'," Mrs Hall said.

The incident spurred Mr Hall into action and he popped the question. 

Mrs Hall converted to Catholicism in order to marry Mr Hall at St Patrick's Church, a decision she said they were lucky they could make.

"I said 'yes' to converting. People had to break up [in those days] because the parents didn't like their child changing to Catholicism," she said.

The pair embarked on their honeymoon, which proved to be a bumpy ride when the loan car they drove to Adelaide started playing up.

"It was a bit of a misadventure - like the rest of life" Mr Hall said.

Married life suited them, and the pair were involved in the local tennis, hockey and football clubs, as well as the local fire brigade.

Mr Hall worked at the Ford garage, Arnoldt and Greenwood, and until she fell pregnant, Mrs Hall worked in a solicitors' office.

Now the pair sometimes wonder where the 60 years have gone.

"When you're busy with family, organisations and business it's just all the normal course," Mr Hall said.

"And of course the sport took a bit of our lives early on," he said. 

Both agree that the secret to a long and happy marriage is tolerance and mutual respect. 

"We've probably weathered the normal domestic storms," Mr Hall said.

There was really only one enduring problem in the marriage, he said.

"She's found it difficult to live with a Collingwood supporter."

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