Frank and Edna Parkes attribute the success of their 70 years of marriage down to being honest with each other.
Frank and Edna Parkes attribute the success of their 70 years of marriage down to being honest with each other. Ron Burgin/News Mail

Accident mars couple's anniversary

THE 70th wedding anniversary festivities of Frank and Edna Parkes turned sour after an accident just before their celebratory lunch on Wednesday.

Mrs Parkes, 92, cut and burnt her left leg on an exhaust pipe in the car park of Baltimore's Cafe, requiring an ambulance.

However, the accident did not deter the couple from marking their platinum anniversary, despite spending the afternoon at the hospital.

“It's been very good. We are still coming to terms with our achievement,” Mr Parkes said.

Yesterday, Mr Parkes said his wife was recovering well and had spent the day resting.

The couple, who live in North Bundaberg, have one son, two daughters, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mr Parkes said he had one rule for staying together for their 70 years of marriage and two years while they were courting.

“Don't keep secrets to yourself. If you have secrets, you share it with each other,” he said.

The pair's marriage survived tough times, including Mr Parkes's time with the Territorial Army and his deployment with the artillery corps in 1938.

When asked his favourite memory of their marriage, Mr Parkes said they had all been “gold”.



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