Young Love Still Strong

Evelyn Fairchild can remember at least one thing about the first time she met her husband. “He was easy on the eyes,” the Roxburgh Park octogenarian said. She was just 15 when she laid eyes on Albert “Bert” Fairchild, three years her senior, at a Methodist church dance in Preston.

They “went together” for five years before getting married on October 18, 1955. Sixty years later, they’re as much in love as ever and celebrating their diamond anniversary. “It’s amazing when you think of 60 years,” Mrs Fair- child said. “You look back and think, ‘Wow, we did a lot’.”

 Her husband, now 83, was a musician when they met. He started in a brass band before joining the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, and enjoyed roles at musical comedies and ballets along the way. “In all of that time I saw many ballets and quite a few different musicals,” Mrs Fairchild said.

Shortly after marrying, the couple built a house in Bulleen and stayed there for 47 years before moving to Roxburgh Park’s Bridgewater Lake Retirement Estate 10 years ago. They have two children, Diane and Neale, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs Fairchild said they had enjoyed a happy marriage and admitted forgiveness was the key. “If you can’t forgive one another then it gets very, very difficult,” she said.

Mr Fairchild — a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient for his service to the scouting movement — said it had been a friendship of 65 years.

“We just love each other,” he said. “It’s been a really happy life.”

Source: Courtesy of the Hume Leader