Golden wedding anniversary

2016-04-13 06:00
Percy and Rita Robson celebrate their 50th anniversary on 16 April.

Percy and Rita Robson celebrate their 50th anniversary on 16 April.

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PERCY and Rita Robson, the well-known Greytown couple, celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday 16 April. They were married in St James Church, Greytown on this day in 1966.

Percy was born in Dundee in 1939. As a child, circumstances forced his parents to relocate to the rural area of Skhwebezi in Zululand, but in his teens he left home in search of greener pastures and landed in Greytown in January 1963.

Rita Enicker was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1945. In 1962 she relocated to Greytown after her father decided to open a shoe repair business. Rita was an aspiring singer and was due to start a nursing internship in Durban in 1963. However, the arrival of the debonair Percy with his rural charm put paid to Rita's musical and professional aspirations as she was totally smitten with him and they were married in 1966.

Percy worked as a builder honing his skills in the trade under the tyrannical hand of Bill Meek to whom he is forever grateful for turning him into the master craftsman he is today, establishing his own successful construction business in the eighties.

Rita was an efficient and frugal home-maker and was involved with several community projects under the auspices of the Greytown Child and Family Welfare. Together they raised seven sons, one daughter and fostered several others at various times and are blessed with 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Their children commented: "Mom and Dad, you are role models for the benefits of a happy marriage through unconditional love for one person for 50 years, showing that two are better than one, that it is better to be a team in facing life's challenges. Mom and Dad, thank you for the lessons in love, loyalty, tolerance and commitment."

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