SIX DECADES: Ken and Nancye Franklin celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
SIX DECADES: Ken and Nancye Franklin celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Claudia Baxter

IF it were not for a coalmining accident, Ken Franklin and his wife Nancye would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary 18 months ago.

The Booval couple's wedding plans were put on hold after Ken broke his leg while working on a mining site at Ipswich's Noblevale colliery in 1952.

"It was a compound fracture and there was no way Nancye was having me go to the altar on crutches," Ken said.

The great-grandparents finally reached their diamond milestone on Thursday this week.

"I can't believe it's been 60 years," Nancye said. "It seems more like 30 years since I walked down the aisle."

The couple, who were married in 1953, met at a friend's pre-wedding party in 1949.

"My friend wanted me to come to the party so that I could meet a lovely girl he knew, but I was not really interested in meeting anyone," Ken recalled.

"But once I was introduced to Nancye we hit it off immediately.

"We went on a date the following Saturday and have been together since."

Ken, 86, said the years with his wife had been filled with happy memories; from bringing up their family to embarking on a 29-day cruise from Singapore to Australia.

Nancye, 81, said a bit of give and take was the key to a long-lasting marriage.

"It's also important to never go to bed without resolving an argument," she said.

Now retired, they spend their days playing bowls.

Ken is now teaching his grandsons.

The couple will celebrate at Ipswich United Services Bowls Club today in the company of friends and family.



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