A Torrington couple with a sense of adventure are celebrating 70 years of marriage this week.
Roger and Joan Carter are celebrating their platinum anniversary today (Tuesday), and say an adventurous outlook on life has been the secret to a long and happy marriage.
The nonagenarians are still as active as they can possibly be, with Joan, 90, playing golf and both enjoying regular walks.
Up until a few years ago, they enjoyed going body surfing and travelling around the country in their campervan.
And their sense of adventure stemmed from a young age; after meeting at grammar school and marrying in London in 1948, the couple ended up moving to the other side of the world.
“After we got married, Roger started a degree in physics and maths,” said Joan.
“We were both interested in travelling and in 1954 Roger, who was a geophysicist, was offered a job by the Australian government.
“We sailed to Australia on Orion, it took 31 days, and we stayed in first class, all paid for.
“It was the first time we had been abroad; nobody travelled back then, especially not working class people like us.”
In 1955 their first daughter Alex was born in Melbourne, and their second daughter Kim also arrived while living in Australia.
Then Roger, now 91, was offered a job in Iran, so the family moved again, with their third child, Marc, born in Tehran.
But England always had their heart, and the family returned to their homeland, where Joan retrained as a social worker.
In 1980 Joan and Roger moved to Torrington, where they have been ever since.
“We love it here,” said Joan.
“Since we’ve moved here we have created quite a dynasty. We now have nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.”
The couple have been active in the community, volunteering, playing golf, and Roger has even been awarded the town’s Good Citizenship Award.
“When I think back over how we’re still married, we’re both adventurous,” said Joan.
“We’re both individuals and we’re both sporty. Roger is very scientific and I’m the social worker and the people person, so we complement each other.”
The couple will be enjoying a light lunch on their anniversary with Alex and Marc, before an evening dinner with family.