Couple introduced by friends marks 50 years of marriage
THERESE Fogarty and Alan Bloomfield first met at Rockhampton's Earle's Court picture theatre.
"We were introduced by friends in the late '50s and we've never looked back since,'' Alan said.
Therese, who was born in Mount Morgan and moved with her family to Rockhampton, was working at Child Welfare looking after sick babies, and Alan, who was born and raised in Rockhampton, was completing an electrical apprenticeship with Queensland Rail.
The couple were married in St Francis Xavier Church, West Rockhampton on November 2, 1963.
Two of their attendants, best man Allan Ford and bridesmaid Maria Cook (nee Templeton), were among the guests at Therese and Alan's golden wedding anniversary celebrations on Saturday.
Having secured a job as an electrician with Victoria's Alcoa Aluminium Smelter near Geelong, the couple spent their honeymoon travelling south to Victoria.
After a few years in Geelong and the birth of their son, Brad, the couple returned to Rockhampton where their children, Lisa, Christopher and Danielle were born. Therese and Alan now have six grandchildren.
Alan went to work with Capricornia Regional Electricity Board, where he remained through all its changes, retiring after 40 years of service in 2005.
For 35 years Therese worked part-time for McDougall's Shoe Store, of East and William streets. When the shoe stores closed she went to work at Saddle Works in Gladstone Road.
Throughout the years Alan has had a passion for music and has performed in many bands. He still plays for charity and benefit concerts.
Therese's love of horses has been passed on to her daughter Danielle and her three granddaughters.
They said family was very special to them.
Alan and Therese said the secret to a good marriage was being able to work things out together during the hard times.