Couple that plays together stays together
SIMILAR hobbies is the glue that has kept Gordon and Margaret Wharley (nee Palmer) happy and in love for the past 50 years of marriage.
The couple celebrated their wedding anniversary on June 4 with family and friends by their side.
It was a night both won't forget.
"We had a lot of visitors that we knew from Bundaberg years ago and up north from when I was working there. A lot of good times," Gordon said.
Thirty guests travelled from Townsville, Mackay, Gold Coast, Hervey Bay and Caboolture to wish the couple many more years of wedded bliss.
When pressed about the secret to their marriage, Gordon said he and Margaret rarely spoke a harsh word to the other and their everlasting love developed from a kindred spirit.
"The main thing was we used to enjoy doing the same things together ... with sport and that type of thing," he said.
"We used to play basketball and squash and now we play golf and tennis."
He also said it was important to share the workload and keep the lines of communication open.
"It's one of those things that you learn as you go along," he said.
Reminiscing about their special day in 1966, Gordon said the couple was married in the Presbyterian Church in Woongarra St where Gordon was attended by best man Keith Wharley and Margaret by bridesmaid Sandra Woods and flower girls Judy Hills and Debbie Derepas.
They have three children and now enjoy being grandparents.