JOHN and Jacquelene Green on their wedding day in 1961.
JOHN and Jacquelene Green on their wedding day in 1961.

Couples to celebrate anniversaries

THERE’S a whole lot of love going round Bremer Waters.

Twenty-six couples at the over 50s Moores Pocket residential village will celebrate more than 50 years of marriage this year.

Helen and Ron Wilson will notch up the highest number of years, having married on April 15, 1950.

Bill and Margaret van Roosmalen will celebrate their 50th anniversary on May 20, marrying in 1961 at a military chapel at Ingleburn, NSW.

Mr van Roosmalen said the idea to host a golden wedding anniversary party was raised 18 months ago.

“We thought if we make it to our 50th, we should have a party.

“We decided to have a joint party with friends, then it became a dozen couples so we went through the village.”

The party will be held on April 16.

Jacquelene Green, who will celebrate her golden anniversary on April 8 with John, said they were happy to be part of the special celebration.

“I think it is more exciting than doing it on your own,” Mrs Green said.

“There is a lot of camaraderie here.”

The couple met at a New Year’s Eve dance in Brisbane, marrying at St Luke’s Catholic Church, Buranda.

Mr Green said communication was key to a long, happy union.

“It is the ability to keep the peace, hold your tongue and take things one day at a time,” he said.

He said being married for more than 50 years was something all young couples should aim for.

Frank and Delia Hale’s story started in Portsmouth, England, when 19-year-old Frank saw 22-year-old Delia working behind the counter of Marks & Spencer while he was outside cleaning the window.

They were married four months later on January 7, 1961.

“We just sort of clicked,” Mrs Hale said. “That was it. You just sort of know. You get that feeling and you know.”

Mr Hale said the key was talking things through and never taking an argument to bed.

He said it was special celebrating the milestone with so many other happy couples.

“It is brilliant,” Mr Hale said.

“In years to come there won’t be too many of these anniversaries.”



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