Search for beret leads to 50 years of marriage
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