DI­A­MOND MILE­STONE

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Monique Pre­ston monique.pre­ston @whit­sun­day­times.com.au

REX and Myra Robin­son’s first date had an un­ex­pected end­ing af­ter they were caught in stormy seas on a boat.

There were no stormy seas for the cou­ple on the week­end though as they cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary with a party with fam­ily and friends.

The pair met in 1955 in Torquay, Eng­land, when a group of new and old friends got to­gether to go swim­ming at the beach.

Mr Robin­son was in the Royal Air Force and had just re­turned from Sin­ga­pore when one of his friends in­vited him to join him and a group of friends, in­clud­ing nurses from the hos­pi­tal.

Be­ing No­vem­ber in Eng­land, Mr Robin­son re­mem­bers the day as be­ing “bit­terly cold”.

Mrs Robin­son re­mem­bers meet­ing her now hus­band.

“He was the new bloke in town so we were all in­ter­ested,” she said.

From the that first meet­ing, the pair de­cided to meet for a first date a few days later.

“He in­vited me out on his boat and I loved boats,” Mrs Robin­son said.

When they set out there were clear skies and they had a calm sea.

While they were hav­ing af­ter­noon tea, the weather took a turn for the worse.

“(Com­ing back to shore) we were the only boat out but the lifeboats,” Mrs Robin­son said.

“She says the first time I took her out I tried to drown her,” Mr Robin­son said.

The cou­ple mar­ried three years later at a cer­e­mony at St Michael’s Church in Newquay, Eng­land.

Back in those days, wed­ding re­cep­tions were at lunchtime.

“We were sup­posed to go away (af­ter the re­cep­tion) but ev­ery­one was go­ing back to my par­ents’ house for a party,” Mrs Robin­son said.

“We went too but we got

told off be­cause you didn’t do that.”

Sixty years later the Robin­sons cel­e­brated their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary in Can­non Val­ley, where they have lived since 1963.

When asked what they thought of hav­ing a mar­riage that had lasted so long, both Mr and Mrs Robin­son said they didn’t re­ally think about it.

“You just go from day to day,” Mrs Robin­son said.

“You get busy do­ing things. You don’t think about it.

“Peo­ple say it’s a long time, but it doesn’t feel like it.”

Their mar­riage has cer­tainly lasted longer than the Robin­sons ex­pected when they first met.

“At first we said we’ll go out to­gether un­til we find some­body else,” Mr Robin­son said.

These days Mr and Mrs Robin­son have four chil­dren – Keryn Heenan, Bry­ony Te Tau, Jeremy and Podge – eight grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

Peo­ple say it’s a long time, but it doesn’t feel like it.

— Myra Robin­son

PHOTO: MONIQUE PRE­STON

DI­A­MOND TIMES: Myra and Rex Robin­son, of Can­non Val­ley, cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary with a party on the week­end.

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