Hoskins celebrate the happiest day of their lives
THE happiest day of Lesley Hoskin's life was the day she married her husband Ian.
"It was the best day of my life," she said.
The couple, who were married at the Holy Name Church in Toowoomba on May 12, 1956, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week. They could not be happier and are still very much in love.
They met at a 21st birthday party and started dating after finding they had a mutual friend.
"He came from the country and boarded in town with a family and I worked with their daughter," Mrs Hoskin, who has lived in Toowoomba all of her life, said.
"I liked the look of him and that was that."
She was 17 at the time and worked at the Brisbane Cash and Carry in Ruthven St as a cashier. He was 18 and an electrician.
The pair were engaged in February of 1956, then tied the knot a few months later in May.
They had three children - Steven, Debbie and Lex.
Mr Hoskin worked at the Toowoomba Foundry for 40 years before heading to the flour mill for five years before he retired.
Mrs Hoskin went back to work after Lex turned eight and worked at the TAB for about 10 years.
She also worked at the Second Seasons pre-loved clothing store at the Newtown Shopping Centre with her daughter.
She retired at age 64 and her husband at 65 and now spend their days "enjoying life" while they still can.
"Ian has fished since he was three-years-old," she said.
"His mum said he started in the bathtub and he hasn't stopped since."
The couple liked to travel around Australia with their caravan - to go fishing of course.
Mrs Hoskin said they were travelling across the Nullaboar when they discovered a little place called Streaky Bay.
They absolutely fell in love with the place and have gone back every year for the last 12 years.
"We've got good friends there now and we look forward to visiting every year," she said.
"We have a wonderful time."
She said it wasn't just her husband who loved to fish - she enjoyed it too.
"You either join them or you stay at home."
Mr Hoskin said the two had travelled a lot throughout Australia and had fished in the Northern Territory, the Gulf of Carpentaria, Broome and in New South Wales.
"We enjoy sight-seeing," he said.
The two also enjoy watching horse racing.
Mrs Hoskin said they leased two racehorses - On The Boil, and Star Tell, who won the Weetwood Cup in 2001.
The couple have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, whom they love very much.
"We have a wonderful family."