60 magical years
Les and Lorrie Forster celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently and reveal the secrets to their happy marriage
LORRAINE Dulcie Dohnt and Albert Leslie Forster tied the knot 60 years ago and they remember it like it was yesterday.
Married in the Holy Trinity Church in Nathalia, Lorrie and Les moved to the Forster farm in Patho.
The couple met through Les’s parents and courted for six months before they became engaged.
‘‘His parents invited me out to their farm,’’ Lorrie said.
‘‘I suppose they decided he needed a wife.
‘‘I worked at the Echuca Hotel in those days.
‘‘Les used to come visit me and we’d go down to the Port together. ‘‘It was our courting ground.’’ To celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary, Lorrie and Les will have an afternoon on the Mary Ann.
‘‘I’ve told people we are going for a cruise for our anniversary,’’ Lorrie laughed.
‘‘It seems fitting though as we spent a lot of time there when we were first together.
‘‘Afterwards we are off to The Bridge Hotel for coffee and cake.’’
In 1958, when the Forsters were married, Lorrie’s dress was the height of fashion.
Recruiting the magical Mrs Bennett — ‘who was the person to go to’ — Lorrie wore a gown that sat just above her ankles. In later years, she recycled her wedding dress and made her youngest granddaughter’s christening gown from the same material. She made the top piece of the dress into a summer cardigan-style piece, which she still dearly treasures.
The couple bought their wedding rings from Echuca Treasure House and still use the washing basket they were gifted as a wedding present — though the plastic has completely worn off.
While 60 years is a major milestone in any marriage, Les is the third generation in his family to achieve this anniversary. His grandparents were married in 1876 and his parents were married in 1925 and all celebrated 60 years together.
Eighteen-year-old Lorrie and Les, 31, honeymooned in Canberra after their wedding before settling on their dairy farm. The pair were there for more than 20 years before moving to a farm in Bamawm, where they lived for another 25 years. Lorrie and Les also had land in Lockington before moving into a unit four years ago.
‘‘We played sport in Lockington,’’ Lorrie said.
‘‘We are thankful to be here,’’ Les added.
The Forsters had three sons, have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who they love to spoil with cakes galore. The grandchildren affectionately call Lorrie and Les ‘Old Nan and Old Pa’ and now much of Lockington know the pair by these names.
According to the pair, the secret to a long, happy and successful marriage is simple.
‘‘Just love one another,’’ Lorrie said.
‘‘I always listened to my wife, too,’’ Les laughed.
‘‘Well, I was buying the encyclopaedias at the time we met and I’ve always said he married me for my knowledge,’’ Lorrie added.
It is evident from meeting Lorrie and Les that they are as much in love today as they were 60 years ago.
Les and Lorrie with their two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Billy.