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Celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary in Hervey Bay

Urraween’s Fred and Joan Wright celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary with a lunch surrounded by friends and family at the Hervey Bay Hotel.
Urraween’s Fred and Joan Wright celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary with a lunch surrounded by friends and family at the Hervey Bay Hotel. Hannah Baker

FRED and Joan Wright cannot remember when they first met and do not have any wedding photos to look back on.

Sadly, their wedding pictures were stolen from them during their time in Kenya after the war.

But time has flown for the Urraween couple since their marriage in the United Kingdom’s Isle of Wight, their childhood home, on April 26, 1941, Fred said.

Now aged in their mid-90s, the couple celebrated 75 years together with lunch at the Hervey Bay Hotel on April 26.

While it was a milestone achievement, their friends and family had troubles finding a correctly labelled card at the newsagents to mark the diamond anniversary.

But there could be greater strife in the years to come – greeting card company Hallmark only makes milestone anniversary cards up to 75 years.

The duo’s wedding anniversary cake was given to them by Kawungan Bakery to celebrate.

Owner Keven Cairns said it was the first request the bakery had received to whip up dessert for such a “remarkable” occasion.

While Fred and Joan’s early days together were interrupted by the Second World War with Fred deployed to serve in the Middle East and India, they reunited afterwards to start a family of their own.

“Everybody was getting into the army and I was away for about four to five years,” he said.

Joan said the key to their marriage was keeping active.

The celebrations continued the next day, April 27 with a lunch hosted by the pair at their home.


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