Long road for lass and lad

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

It was purely by luck that Ed­die and Flo Whyte hap­pened into each other’s lives in Scot­land more than 50 years ago and just like all clas­sic love sto­ries it was the meet cute that al­most didn’t hap­pen.

She was the beau­ti­ful Scot­tish lass out for a dance with her friends.

He was the cheeky world trav­eller who nearly didn’t go to the dance hall.

“We met at a dance in 63,” said Flo. “He was there with friends, I was there with friends, the friends knew one an­other but we didn’t.”

As Flo is telling their story Ed­die ex­cit­edly in­ter­jects.

“I’d never been to that dance hall be­fore. We were toss­ing up whether to go to one or the other, this one was closer so we went to this one.”

Flo pol­ished the story off with a sim­ple, “it was just fate.”

At this point in the story Ed­die, who was born and bred in Scot­land, had al­ready trav­elled to Aus­tralia once be­fore and had well and truly caught the travel bug. One year af­ter they met Ed­die de­cided to move to Moss­man, but not with­out his Flo.

Flo who by her own ad­mis­sion was not much of a trav­eller didn’t hes­i­tate to pack her bags and kiss her home coun­try good­bye.

“Well the in­ten­tion was to see how I would go here and whether I would like it or not. There’s a lot of Scot peo­ple here. The scenery is en­tirely dif­fer­ent from Scot­land. But it was very so­cial, there was lots of things on.”

Ed­die agreed with Flo say­ing there was lots to do around the shire for a young couple.

“There used to be danc­ing nearly ev­ery week­end, at the Shire Hall on Fri­day and Satur­day nights. Ju­lat­ten, Mol­loy and Dain­tree Hall as well.”

In 1965 Ed­die popped the ques­tion and by Novem­ber the two in­trepid trav­ellers were mar­ried at the Unit­ing Church in Moss­man.

Not one rel­a­tive at­tended the wed­ding fes­tiv­i­ties but Ed­die and Flo didn’t care. They knew they were a long way from home but were con­tent with their de­ci­sion.

“We’ve got no rel­lies to fight with here, but we’ve got plenty of friends.

“The first visi­tors we would have had come visit was when

When Ed­die brought Flo out to Aus­tralia they knew no one. But, as they told Madi­son Wil­liams, they had each other and that was fine.

my mum, dad and sis­ter came out and vis­ited in 1970.

“[Nowa­days] we’ve al­ways got some­one vis­it­ing, it’s be­come a lot eas­ier – my brother’s in Cairns at the mo­ment.”

When it came to what Flo’s par­ents thought about her mov­ing half way across the world Ed­die and Flo were in two minds about it. Ed­die con­tested that they were “heart­bro­ken” as Flo was the “favourite child” while Flo in­sisted they knew she was fol­low­ing her heart.

Well Flo’s in­stincts were cor­rect as Ed­die and Flo cel­e­brated their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Satur­day at High Falls sur­rounded by their four chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren.

Fifty years af­ter they made the big move Ed­die and Flo still say they wouldn’t change a thing.

Now both of them are in re­tire­ment, spend­ing their time gar­den­ing, so­cial­is­ing and of course, ap­pre­ci­at­ing each other.

Ed­die and Flo Whyte cel­e­brat­ing their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Satur­day with their four chil­dren

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