Search for beret leads to 50 years of mar­riage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

DOU­GLAS Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ray Legg is mak­ing his own his­tory this week - cel­e­brat­ing his 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary with his lov­ing and “un­pre­dictable” wife Mar­garet.

It was al­most as if Cupid had struck them with one of his ar­rows when Ray and Mar­garet met in the streets of Mel­bourne in the pour­ing down rain.

“I was 14 and he was 16 when we met. Ray was in the Scouts camp and he came to the lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre with a group of boys look­ing to buy berets for their scout’s uni­forms,” Mar­garet said. “He came up to us in high gum­boots, short Scouts shorts and a shirt, cov­ered in mud and asked, ’Where can we find berets?’.”

Mr Legg im­me­di­ately took a lik­ing to Mar­garet and fol­lowed her through the shop­ping cen­tre to find the girls gig­gling at him.

“I didn’t know whether she was laugh­ing at the fact I was cov­ered in mud or be­cause I was buy­ing a beret,” he said.

It was love at first sight and Ray would ride his bike to Mitcham to see to Mar­garet ev­ery Sun­day and they would have a cup of tea out­side be­fore he made his jour­ney back home.

To­gether they would go for walks, go to the drive-in theatre, to the pic­tures, so­cial dances and would of­ten talk about their fu­ture as a mar­ried cou­ple.

“Our mar­riage just fell into place nat­u­rally,” Mar­garet said.

They mar­ried in Mel­bourne and have two daugh­ters, Julie and Cindy, and two grand­sons Hay­den and Dy­lan.

Af­ter 50 years of mar­riage the pair say the key to a happy re­la­tion­ship re­volves flex­i­bil­ity and trust.

“The se­cret to a long mar­riage is do­ing things to­gether, lis­ten­ing to each other, be­ing able to trust each other and talk about ev­ery­thing,” Mar­garet said.

“Young couples to­day don’t do any­thing to­gether, I think couples need to be a fam­ily and eat din­ner to­gether at the ta­ble, go for walks to­gether and take the chil­dren to the beach to­gether. “Fam­ily is just so im­por­tant.” They are tak­ing a five-week trip around Europe to cel­e­brate.


Mile­stone: Ray and Mar­garet Legg

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