Celebrating 65 years of love
THE story of Clarrie and Shirley Andrews plays out like a real-life The Notebook story.
The couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, having met when they were just 16.
Mr Andrews, who cares for his wife, who has dementia, said the couple met at the Richmond Theatre in East Fremantle.
“We agreed to make a date the next Friday night; after that it became our thing to go to the movies on Friday night,” he said.
“Shirley would bring her siblings with her and every night I had to carry them home. Her brother, the cheeky bugger, would always pretend to be asleep and wake up just as he arrived home.”
The wharf worker said that they had been in Fremantle their whole lives, where they had three children.
“Shirley was born in Cottesloe and we both love the whole of Fremantle,” he said.
“I sold papers on the corner of Market and High Street when I was a young fellow.
“We did have some fantastic trips: we travelled to Europe, Canada and around Australia.
“We worked hard to get what we wanted, brought up the kids and loved each other through it all. She’s my mate, I love everything about her.” Mrs Andrews said she couldn’t agree more. “Well I love pretty much everything about him, he’s a good man,” she said.
The couple will enjoy Valentine’s Day together at home.
Shirley and Clarrie Andrews have spent most of their long lives together.