LONGER THAN A LIFE SENTENCE: Betty and Harry Layton have been happily married for more than 68 years, celebrating their recent anniversary on June 7.
LONGER THAN A LIFE SENTENCE: Betty and Harry Layton have been happily married for more than 68 years, celebrating their recent anniversary on June 7. Adam Hourigan

Clarence Valley couple reach 68 years together

GRAFTON couple Betty, 88, and Harry, 89, Layton's wedding took place on June 7, 1947 at 7pm during an unseasonably violent storm.

But 68 years of marriage later, that storm, or any other, could not break their union.

The Layton's recently celebrated their impressive anniversary innings among friends and family at the Grafton District Services Club.

Betty said they met at a dance.

"I was doing a favour for my friend," she said.

"Harry fancied her, but she liked his friend.

"She asked me to talk to Harry. One thing led to another and we've been together ever since."

The couple got married at St Luke's in Grafton, which used to be on the corner of Hoof and Mary Sts.

Harry's parents were actually the first couple to get married in that church.

Besides a few years living at Wooli, the Laytons have lived in Grafton all their lives.

Betty said not many couples today lasted as long as they have.

The Daily Examiner did a story with the Layton's for their 50th wedding anniversary 18 years ago.

The couple said they would pull out the clipping when their 70th came round.



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