A Scarborough couple who say laughter is the key to a long and happy marriage are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary this weekend.
The Reverend Michael Mewis and his wife Pauline were married 50 years ago on Saturday and are still all smiles as they look forward to the milestone.
The couple, who are originally from Leeds, met while working together at a printing firm.
They said that something “just clicked” and after courting for three years, they were married at Stainbeck Congregational Church in Leeds.
Michael said: “The day is still fresh in my mind. I remember as we came out of the church, the clouds opened up and the sun shone.”
He added: “Our honeymoon was three whole days in Morecambe. It was shut and it snowed!”
The couple went on to have two children, Steven and Susan, and now have five grandchildren, three step grandchildren, one step great granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.
Michael and Pauline settled in Leeds and stayed there for 18 years, with Michael going into the ministry in 1981.
At that point they moved to Shipley, where Michael was a minister for 11 years.
During this time, Pauline worked for Oxfam and travelled to Malawi and Zambia looking at projects and how money raised in this country was being used.
When it was time to move on, a position at St Andrew’s Church in Scarborough’s South Cliff caught their eye.
Pauline had holidayed in Scarborough as a child and had lots of happy memories of “Colley’s Cosy Camp”, which was a holiday camp in the Scholes Park area near Scalby Mills.
They came to visit the church and Michael said it was “an easy decision to make”.
He said: “I thought the church was in need of some TLC and I was happy to come to Scarborough.
“I could see there was a job to do, but the people in the church were amazing and they were happy to change.”
As well as his work at the church, Michael has always been a very active member of the community.
He has served as a magistrate, chairman of governors at Friarage School, Padre for the Royal Engineers Association, secretary for the Old Globe Masonic Lodge and Worshipful Master at Bridlington Bay Lodge.
Michael has also been chaplain for the mayor, for the Grand Hotel and for St Catherine’s Hospice. He is also provincial chaplain for Yorkshire.
Pauline, a lay preacher, has also always taken an active role in the community.
She has been a Samaritan and a custody visitor and is now on the committee for “The Voice” Older People’s Forum and is chairman of Scarborough and District Ladies’ Luncheon Club.
Pauline serves on the United Reformed Church Synod Council and is convener of the Yorkshire Assembly of the United Reformed Church.
The couple will celebrate their anniversary with a special church service, lunch and family party. They say the key to a long, happy relationship doing plenty of things together - and separately - and having a good laugh together.