THEY say love knows no boundaries, and a Dunmurry couple who
celebrated 65 years of wedded bliss on Tuesday are living proof.
Samuel Press, who came originally from
Belfast's Sandy Row, was dating Florence Matchett from the
Donegall Road before going to serve with the RAF in Iraq during
the Second World War.
When they decided to get married in 1942
Samuel refused to lei the little matter of several thousand
miles get in the way of their plans.
Before returning home for the big day he
sailed to India and bought his wedding suit it Bombay (now
He then set sail again and arrived back in
Belfast where he and Florence were married in Christ Church,
College Square on October 2, 1942.
honeymooned on the North Coast before the sad day Samuel had to
return to his RAF duties leaving Florence behind.
He didn't come back to Belfast again until he
was demobbed in Germany following the end of hostilities.
Samuel and Florence's only son George was
born in 1949 and it was during his teenage years they decided to
make the move to Dunmurry.
The family set up home at the then new houses
in Areema Drive in 1964.
Earlier this year the couple made the
decision to move to sheltered housing at nearby Ashley Lodge
where on Tuesday they marked six and a half decades of happy
They were joined on what was truly red letter
day by George who now lives in Bangor, his wife Anne and their
two grandsons Graham and Colin.