Love goes plat­inum

Weekend Courier - - Anzac Day 2018 - Vanessa Sch­mitt­mu­ni­ d481836 A RO­MANCE that blos­somed dur­ing the war years be­tween Peter (95) and Berry (89) Hack­ett reached a plat­inum mile­stone this month.

The cou­ple cel­e­brated their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary on April 10 with Bethany Wa­ters Port Kennedy res­i­dents, fam­ily and friends.

Mr Hack­ett was an ar­tillery man in the army and later an in­fantry­man.

In 1944, he was posted to the Rock­ing­ham rest camp and at­tended a dance in a hall on Safety Bay Road.

It was there he met a 16-yearold Berry, who at­tended the dance with her sis­ter.

“I walked them home to Pen­guin Road,” Mr Hack­ett said.

Soon af­ter Mr Hack­ett filled his pock­ets with choco­late and vis­ited Berry’s fam­ily of nine.

“Choco­late wasn’t avail­able due to ra­tions, so I was very pop­u­lar,” Mr Hack­ett said.

Mr Hack­ett went away again with the army and sent the oc­ca­sional let­ter to Berry dur­ing World War II.

When he re­turned, he was posted to Dwellingup and again met up with Berry.

Af­ter the war, Mr Hack­ett found him­self with­out a trade and he strug­gled to find work.

Even­tu­ally he got three weeks of work at the Gen­eral Post Of­fice in Perth – a job that turned into 30 years of em­ploy­ment.

Mr Hack­ett mar­ried Berry in Ned­lands in 1948.

They set­tled in Ar­dross and had two boys and a girl.

They moved to Rock­ing­ham about 30 years ago and have seven grand­chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Peter and Berry Hack­ett cel­e­brated their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary this month.

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