55th wedding anniversary for Matt and Elaine
THE sparks are still flying for Rosewood couple Matt and Elaine Dale who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary yesterday.
Mrs Dale says she can still remember the day she and her husband met.
"We met at a dance. It took Matt about a month to pluck up the courage ask me to the pictures and we went from there," she said.
The couple was married at St Mary's Church in Ipswich on July 5, 1958.
"Matt had been away working for 11 months prior to the wedding and only got back about a week before," Mrs Dale said.
"We were so happy to be married and I was very happy to see him again, especially after such a long time apart."
During their marriage they have each held many jobs, with the couple opening a business at Rosewood in 1978 called The Plaza Corner. They later worked together at Cross & Embrey Real Estate.
With their close-knit family of five children, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Mrs Dale says the pair is always busy.
She admits she and Matt have had their share of disagreements during the years, but says the trick to a long and happy marriage is learning to accept the other person for who they truly are.
"Nobody's perfect and we realise that we can't agree all the time," she said.
Mrs Dale also believes it is important for a couple to have active interests outside the home, with Mr and Mrs Dale both having had a long standing involvement with Rosewood Lions Club and St Brigid's Church.
The couple has begun making plans for a diamond anniversary.