73 years of marriage for Wellingborough couple

Mick and Mary Corby have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary
Mick and Mary Corby have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary

A couple are celebrating reaching the milestone of 73 years of happy marriage.

Mick and Mary Corby marked the occasion by enjoying cream cakes with friends and staff at Bilton Court residential care home in Wellingborough yesterday (Thursday).

The pair met when Mary was actually dating one of Mick’s friends, but it wasn’t long before she and Mick got together.

They married on Thursday, April 23, 1942, at the Silver Street registry office in Wellingborough and spent their first night of married life at Mary’s sister’s house before Mick had to return to the Army.

After the war, Mick, who was born and bred in Bozeat, returned home and he and Mary had a daughter, Maureen.

Mick drove lorries for a living and Mary spent some time working in a shoe factory.

Asked about the secret to a happy marriage, Mick, 92, said: “To do as you’re told.”

But added: “We get on well.”

He said marriage was a basic and stable part of life, and also said: “I think marriage is very important.”

While Mick and Mary have been together for more than seven decades, they did spend about a month apart when Mick moved into Bilton Court nearly four years ago.

But being separated didn’t work for the couple and they were soon reunited when Mary moved in with him a month later.

Mick said: “I was hoping she would come here and then she did.”

Mick likes to watch television and Mary loves knitting and playing bingo, and they both enjoy sitting out in the garden if the weather is nice.

Looking back on their big day, Mick said: “Mary was very smart on our wedding day and I was in my Army uniform.”

Mary recalls having a gardenia as the corsage on her outfit for the special day, which they bought using coupons.

And she added: “I was young and innocent then.”

When the couple, who have two grandchildren, moved to Bilton Court, they were able to have a room to share instead of being in separate rooms.

Sarah Speller from Bilton Court said: “They are a really lovely couple.

“Mick came here first and then Mary came here because she couldn’t live without him.”