Diamond is forever for couple
IT WAS a courtship that started on the court more than half a century ago.
As couples across the globe feel the love today, Rockhampton's George and Marjorie Reif get ready to celebrate a different milestone - 60 years of marriage.
The couple, who live at the Caves, met while playing tennis at Mount Larcom and were married at St Andrew's Church in Rockhampton when Marjorie was 19 and George was 27.
"Sixty years is a long time - I'm proud we've made it," Marjorie said yesterday.
Raising five sons while moving around the region for George's work as a railway station master, times weren't always easy.
But Marjorie and George never let romance take the back seat.
"Marriage isn't easy, it's a lot of work," Marjorie said.
"But I think if you have good communication and you keep that going, you'll be fine."
George said the secret to their lasting love was honesty and sharing.
"We've done it all together," he said. "It's not his or hers - it's ours."
While the couple will be having a quiet one today, Marjorie said she had a bottle of wine waiting to be cracked in celebration on Thursday.
"Then one of the neighbours is throwing us a barbecue on the weekend," she said.
TOP 5 GIFTS FOR MEN
According to a survey by Great Northern Brewing Company:
- Dinner with partner (57.5%)
- A carton of beer (11.6%)
- A good book (10.6%)
- Movie tickets (10.2%)
- Clothes (7.1%)