Asda’s longest married Larne couple is Ferguson (Fergie) and Margaret Norrell who were the winners of a recent store competition.
Mr and Mrs Norrell were invited into the Redlands store to tell their inspirational love story.
The couple, who tied the knot 70 years ago, are well-known customers.
They were welcomed to the store to receive their prize which included flowers, champagne and a shopping voucher.
Fergie and Margaret’s love story began in their childhood, when the two young 11-year-olds realised they lived just around the corner from each other.
Fergie said “When we first met and found out that we lived on the same corner, that was the start of our friendship at that very moment – we were always together.
“As time went on, it became clear that we had something very special between us. The rest is history.”
The friendship went on to blossom into a great romance for the childhood sweethearts.
Fergie took leave from his duties in the Navy during WWII to marry Margaret.
Marrying in their native home of Northern Ireland and honeymooning in Cushendall, their inspirational marriage has withstood the test of time.
The couple who have celebrated their “platinum” anniversary have four children, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The couple describe their greatest adventure as an exciting trip to Malta for their 50th anniversary.
Treated by family members to a holiday where ex-marine Fergie was based in World War II, the couple spent a beautiful two weeks marking their golden wedding anniversary, soaking up the sun and seeing the sights.
On receiving the news from Asda that they had been recognised as Larne’s longest married couple, Margaret said she was “over the moon and thankful for years of good health and strength to carry on.”
Asda Larne’s people manager Jill Smyth said: “It’s been wonderful to celebrate such a happy time with the couple as their love truly has stood the test of time.
“As regular customers to the store we’re all inspired by their story.
“And we wish the couple many more happy years together.”
Finally, on the secret of such a long and happy marriage, Margaret said: “It’s all about equal amounts of give and take, and always be ready to say sorry when you’re in the wrong.”