TEST OF TIME: Cliff and Jean Collins, both 91, ar e still as in love as ever.
TEST OF TIME: Cliff and Jean Collins, both 91, ar e still as in love as ever. Warren Lynam

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A KISS every morning and a kiss every night.

That's the secret to seven decades of marriage, according to Cliff and Jean Collins who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last Wednesday.

The two met in 1942 at the tender age of 16.

Cliff, who was working as a telegram delivery boy at the time, said he spotted his future wife sitting in a little green truck one day.

"I hadn't met her then, but a little voice inside my head said to me 'that's your girl'," he said.

They were later introduced through Jean's sister at a cafe.

"From that moment, I was rapt," Cliff said.

"I shook her hand and I never let it go."

Though the young lovers wanted to begin their lives together almost right away, they had to wait five years before they were 21, which at the time was the legal age to get married.

"There was no hanky-panky before then either," Cliff said.

On their impressive milestone anniversary, Jean said it had been easy to spend all of her adult life with the one man.

"It's just love," she said.

"We never argue, we have differences but we just talk."

One thing that's sure to have helped is Cliff's sense of old-school romance.

"I can say without a doubt that I've never looked sideways, but always straight down the road," he said.

"When we wake up in the morning, I lean over and give her a kiss and say 'good morning'.

"Every time I leave the house, the last thing I do is give her a kiss.

"The last thing every night, I give her a kiss and say 'good night dear'.

"That's never changed."


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