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It was love at first sight for soldier home on leave
3:40pm Friday 17th August 2012 in News
MR AND MRS PEET: “Just because two people argue all the time, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.”
A BADSEY couple who first locked eyes at a Catholic youth club have celebrated their golden anniversary with family and friends.
Michael and Jean Peet, of Banks Road, enjoyed a meal at the Teddington Hands with 16 guests on July 28.
The couple, who have two sons and three grandchildren and are in their 70s, met on October 18, 1957, when Mr Peet was on leave from the Army. He was persuaded to go to the youth club by his friends – and he was glad that he did. They both got on the bus to go home and Mrs Peet, who was 21 at the time, paid for both their fares. Four years later they were married, completing the fairytale.
Mr Peet, who is currently having chemotherapy for cancer of the oesophagus, said their 50 years marriage was not long enough. “I love her more than anything,” he said.
“I disagree with her an awful lot though but we’ve never been to sleep on an argument. Just because two people argue all the time it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.”
He added that since his retirement at the age of 57, he has enjoyed spending most of his time with his wife, a former typist and medical secretary.
Mr Peet, a former financial adviser and post office worker, was in the Royal Core of Engineers for three years.