PLATINUM CELEBRATION: Winifred and Neville Davies celebrate their 70th platinum celebration.
PLATINUM CELEBRATION: Winifred and Neville Davies celebrate their 70th platinum celebration. Rebecca Singh

Why this loved up Gympie couple is in the minority

It takes a special bond to be married for 70 years and this Gympie couple have shown what true love is all about.

Winifred (nee Sallaway) and Neville Davies celebrated their 70th platinum wedding anniversary on Tuesday, April 17.

Speaking of their wedding day, Mrs Davies said she did not have her reception until fifty years later.

"I was planning to get married at my parents farm but the minister rang, saying he couldn't attend," Mrs Davies said.

"I said to my mum it was okay. I just want to get married. We ended up getting married at the Red Hill United Methodist Church."

 

Love has grown for Winifred and Neville Davies after all these years.
Love has grown for Winifred and Neville Davies after all these years. Rebecca Singh

When celebrating their golden 50th anniversary the couples five children organised the long over due reception.

"Mum and Dad knew they were having a party for their anniversary but we surprised them with the wedding," youngest daughter Karen Kear said.

"There were bridesmaids, the flower girl and grooms men.

"On their diamond anniversary, we surprised them and they renewed their vows."

The couple both lived in Cooran on dairy farms and Winifred said the first time she met him she just knew.

"I was 15 and Nev was 19. We would walk 3miles to go to the dances and the pictures but it was all worth it.

"He was my first boyfriend and I was his girlfriend. I have been very happy all these years and would not change anything."

 

Centre:Winifred and Neville Davies and their five children. Left to right: Bevan, Karen Kear, Warren, Dulcie Morgan and Trevor.
Centre:Winifred and Neville Davies and their five children. Left to right: Bevan, Karen Kear, Warren, Dulcie Morgan and Trevor. Rebecca Singh

In 1970, the pair had their first valentines day apart.

"I was going away with my sisters for a few days and we all thought we would send our husbands valentines day cards," she said.

"I got such a surprise when I saw it. I didn't think she would do that but it was nice she was still thinking of me," Mr Davies said.

Over the years, the couple have gone through hardships but have always made it work.

"Nev would be away for a few weeks working and would always send me letters but I always knew he would be true to me and when he came to town he would always visit me," Mrs Davies said.

"It did not seem hard when he was away working, we just made it work."

 

Winifred and her reaming siblings Noela Ryan, Alf Sallaway, Daphne Kenyon and Beryl Steele.
Winifred and her reaming siblings Noela Ryan, Alf Sallaway, Daphne Kenyon and Beryl Steele. Rebecca Singh

After so many years, Wini and Nev spoke about the secret to a successful relationship.

"It's about working together and confiding in each other."

Mrs Kear said all of us (Mr and Mrs Davies children) have been in long term relationships because of our parents.

"We got that from our parents. They have shown us it's not all a bed of roses but you work your problems out when things get tough," Mrs Kear said.

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