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Ruby pair celebrate Indian heritage.

AN officer and a nurse who met in the late 1960s have celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary with dozens of friends and family members.

Henry Newbury, who moved to Cardiff from India in 1955, was 23 when he met his brideto-be Sheila while on leave from the army in 1969.

Henry, who is now 68, said: "Our mothers were great friends, but I had never met Sheila before. There was not much of an Indian community in South Wales at that time. I was born in India and Sheila's mother was Indian."

The pair were together for five years before Henry proposed at Caerphilly Castle. They married at St David's Cathedral in Cardiff on January 25, 1974, and had a reception at a nearby venue, but opted not to have a honeymoon.

After serving as a gurkha for five years, Henry decided to change career, so he would not be required to travel and could spend more time with his family.

He trained to become an accountant, while Sheila continued to work as a nurse. The couple had two sons together and Henry also has a daughter and two grandchildren from a previous marriage. They currently live in Mornington Meadows in Caerphilly, where Sheila volunteers as a community councillor. Henry likes to spend his time creating oil paintings and also collects war medals.

The couple celebrated the milestone with a party at Mischief's Cafe Bar in Cardiff Bay, where they were joined by 44 friends and family members.

They celebrated their Indian roots with a performance from a group of musicians, playing traditional dhol drums. They also enjoyed a feast of curry and other Indian cuisine with their guests.

Sheila, 66, said: "I would say the secret of a lasting marriage is never to let the sun set on a quarrel. That is a rule that we have always lived by."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2014
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