Love, mu­sic, the­atre key to 65 years of mar­riage

Bay of Plenty Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Sin­gin’ in the Rain Bay of Plenty Times Singing in the Rain

No mat­ter the weather, cou­ple happy to­gether, singing each other’s praises hen Stan and Sylvie Gyde got en­gaged, they were so giddy with ex­cite­ment they danced in over­flow­ing gut­ters re-en­act­ing a scene from the film on their way home.

Sixty-five years later the the­atrelov­ing cou­ple still only have eyes for each other. To­day, they cel­e­brate their blue sap­phire wed­ding an­niver­sary.

As the vis­ited the Gy­des’ Pyes Pa home this week, the first words out of Mrs Gyde’s mouth were: “I’ve mar­ried the best man in the world.”

W“I re­ally am so lucky,” she said. The cou­ple met in Devon­port, mainly thanks to Mrs Gyde’s par­ents.

The then 20-year-old was about to head to Aus­tralia for work when her mother threw her a sur­prise farewell party, invit­ing mem­bers of the lo­cal golf club which they be­longed to. Among them was Mr Gyde, singing along to the mu­sic. “We just got on,” Mrs Gyde said. “He loves mu­sic and singing. So do I.”

Mr Gyde, then 23, said the Aus­tralian trip did not last long.

“We missed each other some­thing ter­ri­ble.”

It wasn’t long be­fore Mr Gyde pro­posed — in ar­guably less than ro­man­tic cir­cum­stances.

“I asked her to marry me out­side the gas­works in Devon­port in the pour­ing rain.

“We’d been in Auck­land and got the ferry but were walk­ing back to her place. It was pour­ing.

“I asked her to marry me, and she said ‘what a hell of a night!’.

"We say ‘I love you’ ev­ery night." Sylvie Gyde

“That’s how silly we were. We splashed and sloshed in the gut­ters singing all the way home,” he said. “We’ve al­ways loved mu­sic.” On Septem­ber 29, 1953, the cou­ple mar­ried at a church in Devon­port.

Mrs Gyde’s mother made her wed­ding dress.

Mr Gyde can still re­mem­ber be­ing so ner­vous his hands were shak­ing and he was hold­ing his breath but “it was a won­der­ful day”.

The cou­ple set­tled in Hamil­ton be­fore mov­ing to Whi­tianga and even­tu­ally Tau­ranga.

In their 65 years, they have had three chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren and 17 great-grand­chil­dren. A large can­vas print cel­e­brat­ing their fam­ily adorns their liv­ing room wall and pro­grammes for var­i­ous the­atre shows star­ring chil­dren or grand­chil­dren are on dis­play.

The cou­ple love the­atre, and their chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren. Not ar­gu­ing in front of them was a key to a happy mar­riage, Mrs Gyde said. As was an­other im­por­tant rit­ual. “We say ‘I love you’ ev­ery night,” she said.

As Mrs Gyde talks, she turns to her hus­band and kisses him gen­tly.

“It’s true. I love you.”

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