Half a century with the Chronicle
EVERY morning for 50 years Cheryl and Vince Meredith have been reading the local newspaper.
They would share the pages over breakfast; Cheryl “reading the pictures” and Vince the news.
To this day they continue the tradition; a past-time slowly dwindling through the generations.
It was when the shy country kids were married at 21 and 20 that they first started buying the Chronicle.
“And we have had it ever since,” said Vince, apart from of course when they stayed at their holiday house at Tinnanbar, he added.
In those early years the couple was living on the family farm at Bauple. Their dose of daily news was delivered to their door by the mail man each day.
Thirty-six years later when the love birds retired and moved to Dundowran Beach Cheryl would take a morning stroll to the Craignish store to buy the newspaper because there was a gap in delivery to the area.
These days the first thing Cheryl does when she climbs out of bed is peak out the window to see if her beloved Chronicle is waiting on the lawn and then flitters out to get it, hoping the neighbours do not see her in her pyjamas.
The pair laughs at their antics as they tell their story from the home veranda.
“Not too many people around can claim they’ve had the Chronicle for 50 years,” says Vince. “You’re lost without it.”
Cheryl, 70, and Vince, 71, have this week not only been remembering the decades they have been receiving the local paper they are also reminiscing about caravanning and camping trips and the years spent as members of the Fraser Coast Historic Vehicle Club.
Today is their 50th wedding anniversary and they could not be more in love.
“I cannot believe we’ve been married for 50 years,” says Vince. “I don’t feel old enough.”
Cheryl and Vince met when they were just 15 and 16 through their families.
They hit it off straight away and a few years later married at Maryborough’s Saint Paul’s Anglican Church.
For their honeymoon they borrowed Vince’s father’s 1955 FJ Holden, packed the tent in the back, and went on a road trip to Yeppoon.
They have three children, eight grand children and are awaiting the birth of their first great-grandchild in March.
They will be celebrating their anniversary with a small party with family and friends at Hervey Bay Boat Club.
Vince says there is no special recipe for their successful marriage: “You just take the good with the bad and you keep going.
“You don’t run away.”