They’d be one of Queenstown’s longest-ever married couples.

Ninety-two-year-olds Molly and Alex Casey last Wednesday celebrated with friends and family their platinum wedding anniversary — that’s 70 years of wedded bliss.

They married in Invercargill’s Holy Trinity Church on May 29, 1954, after coming out separately by boat from England, where they’d become engaged.

At that time Molly was 21 and Alex 20 — ‘‘I am a baby-snatcher’’, she quips.

Molly says they first met in their primary school years in Wanstead, East London.

In Invercargill, Alex had a watch making business and Molly raised seven children.

The Caseys moved to Queenstown in ’87 and have lived in the same Frankton home ever since.

Alex was Queenstown’s civil defence officer at one stage, and a refuse station attendant for some time.

The couple are long-standing Anglican parishioners and have been keen croquet players.

Molly, who still drives, has been involved with several organisations like Inner Wheel and a book group and also painted.

Alex, who enjoys a daily walk, was a Justice of the Peace for 48 years till he pulled pin, and pen, four years ago.

Aside from six surviving children, the couple have eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Asked the secret to a long marriage, Molly says it’s about ‘‘respect for one another’’.

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