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Couple renew vows at medieval party on 60th anniversary

Peter and Marie Eardley-Harris celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a recommitment ceremony and medieval pageantry.
Peter and Marie Eardley-Harris celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a recommitment ceremony and medieval pageantry. Valerie Horton

KNIGHTS and damsels from far and wide journeyed to Hervey Bay on Saturday to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Peter and Marie Eardley-Harris.

To celebrate their diamond anniversary, Marie, 83, and Peter, 85, renewed their vows in a medieval-themed celebration .

Instead of relaxing last week on May 15, their anniversary, the couple was busily preparing their home.

The party was complete with a banquet, chariots and even a dungeon.

Guests also received a two-page invitation in ye-olde English which described the terms of entry including the threat of beheading should anyone attempt to bring a gift.

During the renewal of their vows, Marie wore a modified version of her original wedding dress which she sewed herself.

Up to 50 friends and family members donned cloaks, armour and other medieval costumes to celebrate with the two, who have been active in the community for more than 50 years.

Marie said the idea for a themed celebration, which took several months to prepare, came about as she happened to read a book on chivalry.

"I like all those old-fashioned things like that so I decided to turn it into a medieval theme."

She said the key to a happy, long-lasting marriage was to keep doing odd and interesting things together and laughing a lot.

"We enjoy things, we enjoy each other's company and we enjoy having a big laugh out loud," she said.

"I often tell people I don't buy lottery tickets because I won my best lottery in life 60 years ago."

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