Pair cel­e­brates golden in­nings

The Weekend Post - - News -

LOOK­ING back at the half cen­tury since they were mar­ried at St Mon­ica’s Cathe­dral on No­vem­ber 30, 1968, Ge­orge and Ch­eryl Camp­bell say the one con­stant that has bound them to­gether is fam­ily.

“At the end of the day, life is about fam­ily,” Ch­eryl says. “Cel­e­brat­ing 50 years to­gether is truly amaz­ing, although you don’t re­ally think about it.

“We’ve al­ways just been re­ally great mates and fam­ily has al­ways been the most im­por­tant thing in life to us”.

The pair met on a night out in Cairns in 1966. Ge­orge was a trav­el­ling sales­man and Ch­eryl a sales as­sis­tant at David Jones. She can still re­mem­ber ev­ery de­tail — even what she was wear­ing.

“We met after a day at the races at Can­non Park. I was with girl­friends from work and Ge­orge was also with friends.

“I had on my white crepe pen­cil skirt and gold top. I looked across the room and I thought, I’m go­ing to end up with that guy over there.”

A lit­tle over two years later they walked down the aisle.

In 1972, Ge­orge was pro­moted to a man­age­rial role, which meant less trav­el­ling — a re­lief for Ch­eryl, jug­gling work and their three chil­dren, Paul, Felic­ity and Glenn.

By 1975, they were in their own busi­ness after buy­ing the Cal­tex Che­quered Flag Ser­vice Sta­tion on the Bruce High­way at Gor­don­vale, liv­ing out the back for the first three years.

“Many peo­ple ask me how we made it work, but we never thought about it,” Ch­eryl says.

“We al­ways worked re­ally well to­gether and sup­ported each other.”

In 1978 they con­verted the work­shop into a take­away and gro­ceries, gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for their fish and chips.

“We had a fab­u­lous time at the servo. Many par­ties, many great mem­o­ries.”

They be­came a part of the fab­ric of Gor­don­vale. Ch­eryl or­gan­ised the Gor­don­vale Pyra­mid Race, debu­tante balls and fash­ion pa­rades for the Catholic Women’s League and sup­ported Red Cross, Gor­don­vale Hospi­tal and other char­i­ties.

In 1995, her work was recog­nised when she be­came the last re­cip­i­ent of the Mul­grave Shire Coun­cil’s Ci­ti­zen of the Year and in 2014 she re­ceived an OAM for her ser­vices to the Gor­don­vale com­mu­nity.

Both Ge­orge and Ch­eryl have been heav­ily in­volved in the fish­ing in­dus­try, com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally in game fish­ing tour­na­ments and fish­ing recre­ation­ally at home.

After re­tir­ing in 2005 and sell­ing the Che­quered Flag to el­dest son Paul, they now in­dulge their pas­sion for travel, car­a­van ad­ven­tures and their great­est love — fam­ily.

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