Mar­riage mile­stone

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

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.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Love is still in the air for Alice and Ern Sil­cox as they celebrate their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary with friends and fam­ily.

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