They have defied the odds and stayed together for 50 years, but for Mr and Mrs Silcox it was just a matter of love and enjoying time with their families that helped them stay married for so long.
Alice (95) and Ernest (98) were born in England and married in 1965.
The couple celebrated their anniversary this year with a lunch on Tuesday, September 1.
This was the second marriage for both, after they lost their first partners during the war years.
Mrs Silcox was one of 17 children. Her family had always talked about moving to Australia, as her father was from Ade- laide. She talked with Mr Silcox about moving and they arrived in WA from Bristol, England in 1972 and settled in Fremantle.
Mr Silcox spent his life working as a crane driver while Mrs Silcox tended to the home front.
Three years ago they moved to Gracehaven aged care facility in Rockingham.
The couple each had children from their first marriages and the family continued to expand, now with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mrs Silcox said she remembered her wedding day well and the couple spent their honeymoon in the seaside resort of Blackpool in North England.
Mrs Silcox said one aspect of the couple’s success was that they were tolerant of each other’s failures.
“Ern has been very good to me. I’ve no doubt he still loves me,” she said.
Gracehaven lifestyle co-ordinator Kim Jordan said the Silcoxes were the only couple in the nursing home and that even though Mr Silcox was a man of few words, he was very cheeky and friendly.
“Ern is very witty and they are both in great health for their age,” she said.
Mrs Silcox said the couple loved spending time with their families as their children and step children had remained very close. “We’re like the Brady Bunch,” she said.
Love is still in the air for Alice and Ern Silcox as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family.