Cel­e­brat­ing 65 years of love

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478908

Shirley and Clar­rie An­drews have spent most of their long lives to­gether.

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