Keith, Marie celebrate 62 years of marriage
EVANS Head couple Keith and Marie Townsend have reached a milestone not many younger people will ever reach.
They are about to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary just before Christmas.
With divorce running at over 50% for every couple married and many choosing never to walk down the aisle, Keith and Marie are a happy anomaly.
It was on December 22, 1951, at the Methodist church in Lismore that they tied the knot at the tender ages of Keith at 20 and Marie at 19.
"Marie's house had burnt down," Keith said.
"So I said 'You got nowhere to live, we may as well get married'."
Who could refuse such a romantic proposal, and three children, seven grand-children and four great-grandchildren later, it has been a full life.
While Marie was the home-maker, Keith worked as a plasterer in Goulburn for a number of years before buying land in Evans Head, building their house of 32 years, then buying a fishing trawler.
"I was involved with the RSL Social Golf Club," Keith said.
"We'd hold charity days where we provided wild duck soup."
Keith tells the story where he'd loaded the popular soup in a container on the back of the Land Rover. "The dog always jumped in the back of the Land Rover and on this particular day, he jumped right into the soup," he laughed.
"We decided since he didn't spill any, we'd still serve it up.
"For years later people would come to the charity days with their glass containers for the soup and said they only wanted it if the blue heeler had jumped into it."
Keith's secret to a long marriage is that they always got on well together.
Marie said, tongue in cheek, her best tip was to just ignore him.
The Townsends will be celebrating their anniversary and Christmas at Mount Tambourine with their family.