AN elderly couple returning from a vacation abroad, had an unforgettable homecoming - a thanksgiving service secretly organised by their children, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Fyzul and Daisy Mohammed live at Santa Clara Road, Preysal Village Couva.
The couple went to New Jersey in the United States and upon their return last month, were surprised to find tents in the front yard, and preparations in place for the function.
The couple renewed their vows during the thanksgiving service held at their home on January 20 - their wedding day anniversary.
The Mohammeds grew up, met and got married in the same village they live in now. They are known by area residents as "Saga and Puncie".
Fyzul asked for his wife's hand in marriage when she was just 15 years old and he was 18 years old. They are parents to six children and are the grandparents of nine. Daisy has been a housewife for most of her life. Fyzul is a retired cane cutter.
Their advice for a successful marriage - "If you want to stay in a marriage, you must have courage, patience, love and understanding in order for the marriage to survive.You have to put your mind to it. You have to work hard. We have had our bad times, and we have had our ups and downs."
Fyzul said of his wife, " She is very hardworking. She took really good care of all of the children." Daisy said her husband was "quiet and loving."
The people of Santa Clara Road agree.
Neighbour to the couple, Rosemary Mitchell said of the Mohammeds "what an inspiration. A couple truly admired and respected. God bless them both and may he add many more years of wedded bliss".