Dance kin­dles a true love

Cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of mar­riage af­ter half a cen­tury on 46ha farm

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur Ebony.graveur@gat­ton­

DOREEN had an inkling she liked Jim Pit­man more than he liked her.

Even so, she bided her time get­ting to know the young man she met at a dance in Lai­d­ley one Satur­day night.

Sixty-two years later, Jim and Doreen are cel­e­brat­ing their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary – a mile­stone few cou­ples can tick off, so I guess you could say it worked out in the end.

“In 1956 I met up with Jim at the lo­cal dance,” Doreen said. “He didn’t seem as in­ter­ested at the time as what I was in him.”

Doreen said her first im­pres­sion of her now-hus­band of 60 years was that he was hand­some and lovely na­tured but also a lit­tle re­served.

“He’s a won­der­ful guy, oth­er­wise I wouldn’t have mar­ried him,” she said.

A friend­ship be­tween Doreen and Jim blos­somed and the cou­ple be­came en­gaged two years later, for Doreen’s 21st birth­day.

“We used to go to the dances and to the pic­ture theatre, when Lai­d­ley had a pic­ture theatre,” she said.

“Ev­ery Satur­day night we met at dances.”

A year later, they ex­changed vows sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily, many of whom at­tended their di­a­mond an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions this year.

The cou­ple en­coun­tered ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to prove they meant their wed­ding vows as they to­gether ex­pe­ri­enced floods, sick­ness and drought.

For nearly half a cen­tury the newly mar­ried cou­ple worked on a 46ha farm in Glenore Grove, grow­ing pota­toes, onions and lucerne.

In the be­gin­ning, when they’d just ac­quired the farm, they re­turned from their hon­ey­moon to find their prop­erty badly flooded.

“It washed a lot of top­soil off the farm and our pota­toes were just hang­ing by the seed,” Doreen said.

The hur­dle did not turn the pair off farm­ing and de­spite sell­ing the farm and re­lo­cat­ing to a home in Kens­ing­ton Grove 12 years ago, the cou­ple never felt bet­ter than they did on the farm.

“It was sad when we left the farm but Jim was 71 and I was 69,” Doreen said.

“I loved get­ting out, driv­ing the trac­tor and bal­ing hay un­der the stars at night. It was fan­tas­tic.”

Even so, the ro­mance is strong.

“We’re still as happy as ever. We love each other very much, Jim and I,” Doreen said.


WED­DING DAY: Jim and Doreen Pit­man are cel­e­brat­ing all things di­a­mond this year to mark 60 years of mar­ried life.

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