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Wedding bells at 60! PDF
 

alt Olive Country Life online, Issue 21, June 2010

Our regular contributor Paul Whitelock, who lives over in the mountains of Ronda in Málaga province, is getting married again at the tender age of 60!

 

Paul, a Devonian, of Anglo-Welsh stock, is making a second attempt at marriage with the Lovely Rita Meter Maid, aka Rita Köhler, a German lady he met at the Feria de Pedro Romero in Ronda in September 2008.

Paul describes their meeting as a coup de foudre, and it was not long before the couple became “an item”, setting up home together in Montejaque, a beautiful pueblo blanco of 1000 inhabitants in the Serranía de Ronda.

The couple got engaged on Paul’s 60th birthday last month.  Paul said: “It wasn’t sudden and dramatic and I didn’t get down on one knee - it’s a bit tricky now that I’m old enough for a free bus pass, and besides, the restaurant we were dining in was somewhat busy!”

He continued: “No, it wasn’t sudden and dramatic at all - we’d been planning it for months.  Then, we decided we would definitely go ahead on my birthday and we went looking for a ring.  We considered doing something zany like getting a navel ring for Rita, and an ear-ring for me, but we decided to act our ages and go for a traditional engagement ring instead.  And we found just what we wanted at a fantastic little “gem-ologist” in Ronda.  A classical and subtle three diamonds set in a ring of yellow and white gold.”

The couple have informed their respective families, who are reported to be delighted, and they announced their compromiso de matrimonio officially at Paul’s recent 60th birthday party.

They plan to have an intimate family-only wedding this coming July in Germany, so that Rita’s disabled grandson Anton can be present.

Paul added: “I suspect there’ll be the odd little celebration in Spain and England too, however.  After all, a marriage is a good excuse for a party!”

In getting hitched at such a late age Paul and Rita will acquire an instant family, with a total of five children between them and two grandchildren, as well as extra brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces.

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