Julian and Elizabeth Madden.
Julian and Elizabeth Madden.

Lovebirds celebrate 71 years

SOME people fall in love one week and out of it the next.

Others, like Julian and Elizabeth Madden, last a lifetime.

The Coast couple spent Saturday sitting in the sun, enjoying morning tea with family and friends to celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary.

Although one of Australia's longest-married couples, the love birds are obviously still as very much in love as when they exchanged vows back in 1941.

Mrs Madden doesn't mind imparting a few words of advice for younger married couples.

"You have to give and take. You have to be willing to give in order to get something in return," Mrs Madden said.

"And I like to take as much as I can," Mr Madden joked.

The couple has lived on the Coast for almost 60 years and during that time owned Madden's Drapery in Maroochydore for two decades.

The Coast was also where they chose to raise their daughters Betty, Joyce and Lindy.

These days, the couple live apart but six days a week, 92-year-old Mrs Madden is driven from the retirement home where she lives, to the nursing home where her husband stays so they can spend time together.

Each year, they spend their wedding anniversary with their daughters and their families.

"We're very lucky to have them so close. They take care of us," Mrs Madden said.

"And every year, they always come to celebrate and have morning tea with us."

Champagne and cake adorned with strawberries and chocolate hearts were on this year's menu.

"Yes, apparently it is my wedding anniversary today," 96-year-old Mr Madden said as toasts were made.

"It's mine too, I'm in it too you know," his wife quickly added.

Mr Madden chuckled teasingly as she cuddled up to him.



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