Local elderly couples talk about love on Valentine’s Day

Berry Masonic Village held a Valentine’s Day morning tea for residents and their partners on Wednesday.

We interviewed four couples who have been married for more than 60 years.

Alf and Hazel Edwards

How did you meet?

Alf: At a bus stop in Homebush. At the time I was racing push bikes, I was riding around, she used to have red hair, and I saw this lovely, beautiful lady with red hair waiting at the bus stop. Anyway, next week I got enough gumption up to stop and say hello, and it just continued on for 67 years.

First impressions?

Alf: I thought she was lovely, I was partial to redheads.

Hazel: I wondered what he was doing riding round and round. When he finally started talking to me I thought, he seems alright.

What do you love about each other?

Hazel: I like everything about him.

Alf: We’ve never had an argument.

What’s the secret to a happy marriage?

Alf: Don’t talk too much, don’t argue.

Hazel: Be true to one another.

May and John Haken

Where did you meet?

May: We both worked at the paint factory, at Burcher Paints. He was a trainee chemist and I worked in the office.

What was your first impression?

May: I thought he was different, by the time he got a bit older he’d get very interesting.

John: Very good, very good.

May: Go on, tell her, you were going out with an older person who ditched you, and you needed someone to take to a 21st birthday.

How long have you been together?

John: Married 62 years

May: You could add the six years it took me to catch him, because he had roller skates on.

What do you love about each other?

May: I know why he likes me, because I cook and he likes to eat. Me, oh, marriages aren’t made in heaven, but you put up a right side and a wrong side and it’s always come out on the right side.

What’s the secret to a happy marriage?

May: Everybody’s different. It was a different age back then, friends we’ve had since back then are all still married, you just didn’t get married and run. It was a different world.

Jack and Shirley Bramley

How did you meet?

Shirley: Probably at a dance.

First impressions?

Shirley: Not that crash hot, and the same with him as well.

How long have you been together?

Shirley: 68 years on Sunday

What do you love about each other?

Shirley: He’s very caring.

Jack: A lovely girl and I love her.

What’s the secret to a happy marriage?

Shirley: Accepting whatever comes, don’t get too upset over things. Support one another.

Jack: We’re both about the same temperament.

Bob and Norma Leach

How did you meet?

Bob: At a bike carnival. I used to race on bikes, her brother and I used to race together, she would come and watch us.

First impressions?

Norma: I thought, what a funny little man.

How long have you been together?

Bob: We married in 1956, and been together a few years before that.

What do you love about each other?

Bob: She’s been a good partner and a good mother. Haven’t had any strife or troubles.

Norma: Sometimes he’s good.

What’s the secret to a happy marriage?

Bob: Sharing everything and working together, which we’ve done. You don’t have to live in one another’s pockets, as long as you share your money it’ll all work out good.

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