Des and Gloria Whelband celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on the 19th of September.
Des and Gloria Whelband celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on the 19th of September. Cordell Richardson

Couple still dancing with love after 60 years marriage

SITTING in their Yamanto living room, the 60 years that have passed since Des and Gloria Whelband's story begin to melt away as they recount the day they met.

Like so many teenagers in the 1950s, it all started at the dance hall - in their case, an after-school dance organised by the Scouts at the WPO Hall in Ipswich.

"I first saw him there, and he had a pink shirt with grey stripes and pink socks, and I thought 'ooh, that's nice'," Gloria said.

"Our parents were there, of course, because we were never allowed out alone," she said.

They fell in love quickly, but faced objections to their marriage plans when Gloria was just 17 and Des was 18.

Read the full story at the Queensland Times


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