Platinum anniversary plus one: Joan and Alf married 71 years

A TEAM: Joan and Alf Ball say happiness is the key to a successful marriage.
A TEAM: Joan and Alf Ball say happiness is the key to a successful marriage.

JOAN Ball, 88, says the secret to a long marriage is to stay happy.

And she should know: she and her husband Alf, 91, celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on November 14.

They were married in Oberon at St Ignatius Church and these days, along with their three children, Graham, Dianne and Jenny, they have seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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