MAJOR MILESTONE: Whitsunday residents Bill and Sylvia Cordingley celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.  Photo Contributed
MAJOR MILESTONE: Whitsunday residents Bill and Sylvia Cordingley celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Photo Contributed

Celebrating 70 years of marriage

TOLERANCE, understanding and team work are the secrets to a long and happy marriage according to Bill and Sylvia Cordingley who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Monday.

The couple met in 1940 at Carnamah in Western Australia when Bill was 22 and was running the Mobile Depot and Sylvia was 21 and a school teacher at the local school.

After knowing each other for about 15 months Bill proposed before he left for war and one week later they got married on January 2, 1942 at the Church of Christ in Claremont.

Because Bill was being transferred for war service, the couple had to pay 10 pounds to get a special licence to allow them to get married in such a short period of time.

In 2007, when they were both aged 88, Bill and Sylvia moved from Perth to the Whitsundays with their daughter and son-in law Sylvie and Ross Wills.

Bill and Sylvia now have three children, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Their advice to other couples is to have tolerance and understanding in your relationship and they believe the secret to being together for so long is teamwork.

"Teamwork is the major part of it and you must always treat each other as equal partners," they said.

Mrs Wills said it was truly amazing to watch her parents grow old and reach an enormous milestone such as a 70th wedding anniversary.

"Mum never ceases to amaze me by doing cryptic crosswords daily and pottering about in her garden," she said.

"Both are still fully independent and do the washing and go grocery shopping.

"Of course they have the general type medical problems which are only to be expected at their age but they cope well."


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