Couple shares secret to the 'perfect' marriage
A PLATINUM wedding anniversary is a rare thing indeed because usually it requires a couple to both be in their 90s to achieve it.
That is why the celebration of the 70th wedding anniversary of North Ipswich couple Maurice and Elizabeth Young at Jets Leagues Club was one of great happiness for the dynamic duo, extended family and friends.
The couple was married on December 14, 1946.
To give you some idea of how long ago that was, Ben Chifley was Prime Minister of Australia, Harry Truman was US president, the Second World War had been over for less than 18 months, Don Bradman was still playing Test cricket and Joseph Stalin was still in charge of the Soviet Union.
Mr Young, 91, said he first met his wife-to-be at a dance at the Trades Hall in Ipswich and it took just one glance and he knew she was the one for him.
"I saw her across the hall and thought 'I'd like to have a dance with that lady', and away we went," he recalled.
"She also sang a bit with a band that used to play at Pine Mountain at the dances and we'd go out in the back of an old utility truck that had long wooden seats.
"I'd have a suit on and it would get all frayed with the wear of your body on the back of the truck."
The couple worked where they lived.
"I was an apprentice fitter and I worked (as a fitter) at the railway workshops for 48 years and nine months," Mr Young said proudly.
"We were born and bred in Ipswich and we've lived at North Ipswich for 70 years, my wife's old home."
Elizabeth worked at the woollen mills at North Ipswich and started work when she was 13.
And the secret to the longevity of their marriage?
"It is all give and take," Mr Young said.
"You can't go to bed insulted. You've got to laugh things off and get over it.
"I'm 91 and my wife's 93. I'm the chicken - the young one."
Daughter Noela Young, one of the Young's two children, said her parents had stuck together because of love.
Mr and Mrs Young were presented with a commemorative certificate by Mayor Paul Pisasale and local councillor Cheryl Bromage at the festivities.
The couple had a plethora of grandchildren and great grandchildren on hand.
As Mr Young gazed around the room at Jets Leagues, we asked him what the highlight was of the day.
"It is just great being alive," he said.
"Nothing else matters really."