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Still going after 60 years, marriage some said wouldn’t last

Cecil and Susannah Anderson, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 26th December 2013

Cecil and Susannah Anderson, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 26th December 2013

Some had said that they got married much too fast.

But decades later Susannah and Cecil Anderson are still as close as ever, having just celebrated their 60th anniversary.

They wed on Boxing Day 1953, after getting engaged less than five months earlier.

But they only first clapped eyes on each other on May 28 that year, just weeks after Cecil had returned home from the Korean War where he had endured capture and imprisonment in a north Korean camp.

For months his family had believed he was missing, rather than being held prisoner.

“They’d had to walk from where he was captured to a camp in the north,” said Susannah. “There were other planes going over bombing Korea and they couldn’t walk in the day.”

He then fell sick while held as a POW, but was eventually released and sent home – a story the News Letter covered on May 13 that year.

Asked if she felt lucky that her future husband had made it home, Susannah, now 82 and living in Belvoir estate in Belfast, said: “Absolutely”.

On marriage, she said: “They said it would never last, because it was all too quick. People would’ve been together – not in today’s terms I don’t mean – but you’d have been going out with someone for years before you’re married, even back then.”

Cecil, 87, declared that “we’ve had a great life together”.

 
 
 

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