Nowra couple builds 60 years of love

FOREVER: Keith and Hilma Bridge celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 11.

FOREVER: Keith and Hilma Bridge celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 11.

Sixty years after they tied the knot at Nowra Uniting Church, Keith and Hilma Bridge celebrated their diamond anniversary on May 11. 

The Nowra couple met in their teens at a picture show in Moruya.

They married in their early 20s and soon welcomed Trevor and daughter Lee.

A builder by trade, Keith and Hilma ran a building business together in Nowra for 35 years.

They built their home together, and today, at 82 and 80, they still live there. 

Keith said the secret to their happy marriage starts with love and ends in knowing when to be quiet. 

MEMORIES: Keith and Hilma still live in the first house they build together.

MEMORIES: Keith and Hilma still live in the first house they build together.

“You have to start off with love and understanding and learn to understand the other's point of view – don’t try to win all the arguments because she will always be right,” he said. 

“It’s also important to do things together. Hilma and I are the founding members of the Shoalhaven District Auto Club.” 

The couple’s love for motor vehicles even saw them cut short their honeymoon in Queensland to attend a car event at Nowra Hill. 

The pair has explored Australia together many times, and visited Europe in 2000.

They plan to retrace their honeymoon road trip to QLD this weekend – leaving after the Motoring Heritage Day in Berry on Sunday, of course.