A dare brought them together

THEY first met in a cafe in Mount Morgan as young teens, and 50 years later, Fred and Jacelyn Bryant are just as in love.

Jacelyn, now 67, said it was a dare from a friend that saw the pair meet and end up together.

"Fred and his mates would come into the cafe where I worked and do things like put the sugar in the salt," she laughed.

"Then a friend dared me to go out with him, he was 19 and I was 17 at the time."

Since then, the pair have done everything together and were married on March 31, 1962, in Mount Morgan with about 150 guests present.

And tonight the couple will celebrate their golden anniversary with about 100 family and friends travelling from as far north as Bowen and south as Brisbane.

Over the years, Fred and Jacelyn have travelled many parts of Central Queensland, living in Dululu at Fred's family farm, working at the sugar mill in Mackay, in Blackwater and even opening up a hamburger shop in Mt Morgan around 1968 before settling in Rockhampton.

"I never stayed in one job for too long," Fred, 69, said.

"I was a handyman and I worked on my parent's farm for a long time which is where we raised our two kids."

But the married couple said it was working together that was key to making a relationship last the distance.

"Always give into the woman," Fred laughed.

"You've got to talk to one another and we've done everything together and been through rough times which makes you stronger."

The Bryant's will celebrate their 50 years of marriage at the Rockhampton Diggers Bowls Club, with Jacelyn doing all the catering herself.



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