COMMITMENT: Blackbutt couple celebrates 60th anniversary
A SOLID commitment to love can be seen in Blackbutt couple, Keith and Margaret Carroll, as they celebrate their diamond anniversary this week.
The Carroll's 60th wedding anniversary on June 7 will be celebrated in Sandgate at a luncheon in a French-inspired cottage, surrounded by their large family over the weekend.
"We've always had a sense of adventure, commitment, a lot of love and the support of family and friends, which has been very important," Mrs Carroll said.
The couple has five children, 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren spread across Australia, and feel very blessed to be surrounded by their special family.
Their story started in Mrs Carroll's family home in Charters Towers, when she sat in the spare seat at her father's regular formal work dinners, next to one of the new bankers.
"Keith had wavy black hair, a dark moustache, he looked very handsome and mysterious and I thought, 'well the bank dinners are looking up' as I'd usually try to avoid them," Mrs Carroll said.
Long walks around the block and romance soon followed, before Keith was transferred to Cooktown.
In 1958 the wedding bells rang and the couple married in Townsville's St James Cathedral, and spent their honeymoon on South Molle Island in the Whitsundays.
"We took serious marriage vows, we believed them and that's part of our faith," she said.
After a trip around Australia, the couple visited some friends in Blackbutt for the 1993 picnic races, fell in love with the town and moved to the South Burnett.
They sing in the Blackbutt choir together and are often asked marriage advice.
"Have the expectation to work together, to keep loving each other, talk things out, but have that expectation that you will continue on as a married couple," Mrs Carroll said.