Geoff Payne and Sandy Coin after a romantic cruise on the Bundy Belle.
Geoff Payne and Sandy Coin after a romantic cruise on the Bundy Belle.

Couples get all loved up

MARRIED for 41 years, Lester and Dianne Lewis had some simple advice for couples as they stepped off the Burnett Queen River Cruise on Valentine’s Day.

“Patience — mainly from her,” Mr Lewis said.

“There has to be a lot of give and take. You make a commitment and that is not disposable.”

The Bundaberg pair was one of 15 couples who had taken the time to share the special day with their partners on the water with an Elvis impersonator.

“We always try and do something a little different and Dianne really loves Elvis, so this seemed perfect,” Mr Lewis said.

For Lisa Crook and Paul Fuller, who were also on the cruise, the day had their own special meaning — their one year engagement anniversary.

“With Valentine’s Day we just try spending it together,” Ms Crook said.

Ms Crook said they had plans to spend the rest of the day relaxing at home.

Geoff Payne and Sandy Coin were celebrating their second Valentine’s Day together with the cruise on the river.

“We just decided to check it out and it was beautiful,” Ms Coin said.

The couple said they had wanted to do something different for the special day.

Andy and Vivian Patey, who were visiting Bargara from the Sunshine Coast, decided to take a more relaxed approach to Valentine’s Day with lunch by the beach.

“We’ve been married for 44 years next month so that is the more special day for us,” Mr Patey said.

Mr Patey said it had been easy to stay together for so long and had some simple rules to attribute their success to.

“Determine at the start that it is going to be for life, think before you speak and laugh together often,” he said.



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