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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Couple's 75 years together
Jenny and David Ewen
Jenny and David Ewen: Tolerance and a sense of humour
A couple who have lived all over the world and together witnessed most of the inventions of the 20th century have just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

Scots David and Jenny Ewen married in Detroit, USA in 1929 and have lived together through the two World Wars and the Great Depression.

David, 100 in November and Jenny, 99 next month, celebrated their Diamond Gold anniversary on Sunday.

The couple threw a party at the Wrexham nursing home where they now live, close to one of their daughters.

"It went off very well, there were about 80 people there and they all enjoyed themselves," said Mr Ewen.

Every invention that has ever been invented has occurred in my lifetime
David Ewen

The couple, who have three daughters, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren only moved to Hillbury House residential home in Wrexham last year.

They previously lived in Derby but the couple have lived all over the world.

David from Dundee, and Jenny, from near Edinburgh, met in Michigan, USA after they emigrated separately in the 1920s.

"I don't think I proposed, Jenny certainly didn't propose, I think we just thought it was about time we got married," said Mr Ewen.

However, he says the secret of a successful marriage is tolerance and a sense of humour.

The father-of-three says the world has changed a lot since he got married in March 1929.

"Every invention that has ever been invented has occurred in my lifetime...there's very, very few things that were going before me," he said.

The couple moved back to Britain after the Wall Street Crash and Mr Ewen joined the RAF.

Jenny and David Ewen
The couple married in Detroit in 1929

They lived in Egypt, Malta and Germany but Mr Ewen says he is now happy living in Wrexham near their daughter Margaret.

"We've been on holiday here several times and the people are very nice here, no doubt about that. We've always been treated very well," he said.

The pair said they were thrilled with their party on Sunday and even had an anniversary card from the Queen.

"This is the third one we've had. That shows how old we are, It's the same picture each time so she must think it's a good picture - I'm sure she doesn't look like that now," said Mr Ewen.

Another daughter Esther Peterson travelled from her home in Canada to spend the special day with her mother and father.

"My dad sort of took it as a matter of course that I would be here, as if I'd just come round the corner," the 71-year-old said.

"In Canada I've been saying that some people don't last 75 days never mind 75 years.

"Once they took their vows they decided that whatever was going to be thrown at them they were going to be fine. They haven't had an easy time of it all their lives, it's been hard work for both of them.

Mrs Peterson recalled that whenever it was her parents wedding anniversary her mother had a special saying.

"She would say to us kids 'Another year with the wrong man,' so it was always a family joke."

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