Rugby couple celebrate 65th anniversary and 100th birthday

Marcus and Mary Bramham
Marcus and Mary Bramham

A couple had a double celebration in the space of days – a 100th birthday and a wedding anniversary.

Marcus Bramham has become a centenarian and celebrated with a card from the Queen last Saturday, while last Friday Marcus and his wife Mary celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

The couple, who spent many years of their married life in Rugby – including Leys Road, Hillmorton Road and Langton Road – had a party to celebrate both events at their daughter Pamela Wood’s home in Lutterworth.

The couple have three daughters, a son-in-law, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Marcus, who was born on Bilton Hill, and Mary, who will be 89 next month and was born in Sheffield, met in Rugby after she trained as a district nurse/midwife, and Mary moved to Rugby to practise.

Mary met Marcus when she nursed his first wife, who died of TB, and later she followed him to Portugal, where Marcus was working on a hydro electric installation, and they married.

Marcus started work at Willans and Robinson’s and transferred to British Thomson-Houston to complete his training, eventually going on to become an hydraulic engineer.

Marcus’ advice on the secret to a long marriage is: “Don’t smoke, don’t drink and marry a good woman.”

While Mary said: “Patience and a good sense of humour are vital.”

And with a twinkle in his eye, Marcus’ advice on the secret to a long life is: “Don’t smoke, don’t drink and marry an ex-nurse!”