After 60 years of marriage, Ron and Fay Wyeth still beam as they embrace for a photo.
After 60 years of marriage, Ron and Fay Wyeth still beam as they embrace for a photo. Valerie Horton

Couple celebrates 60th anniversary

A MARYBOROUGH couple who danced together for nine months before “making it official” have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Ron and Fay Wyeth married on February 22, 1950, after nine months of social dancing, followed by several months of dating and two years of engagement.

On Sunday, they gathered with family and friends at the Parkview Cafe in Maryborough to share their memories of more than 60 years.

“It was a lovely day,” Ms Wyeth said.

“Our daughter travelled over from England and our grand-daughter travelled from Melbourne.”

The Wyeths met “at the dances” when they were teenagers. They fell in love over nine months as dance partners before they started dating.

Fay, then 20, and Ron, then 21, had a “small wedding” and honeymooned on the Gold Coast.

“In those days it was a seven-hour train ride. We couldn’t afford a sleeper so we booked our seats.

“We sat opposite three ministers who were all off to Brisbane for a conference – even the minister who married us.”

Over their 60 years together the Wyeths have been heavily involved in the community.

For 30 years Mr Wyeth was sub-station officer with the Maryborough fire station and was president of the Maryborough Probus Club. Ms Wyeth worked in the Aircraft Factory and was a member of the Wide Bay Art Society for 30 years.

These days Ms Wyeth is an active member of U3A and plays keyboard to entertain residents of retirement homes.

They have lived in Maryborough their entire married life.

“We’ve had our ups and downs like everybody but it’s been a wonderful 60 years.”



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