Esperance couple celebrate 50th anniversary

Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Esperance couple Trevor and Di Burleigh have celebrated 50 years together, surrounded by family and close friends at the Pier Hotel on Friday, May 24.

The pair met at a hotel in Kalgoorlie back in 1968, shortly after Mr Burleigh moved over from Victoria.

According to Mr Burleigh, it was love at first sight.

"I was in the hotel one day and I spotted her on the far side of the room," he said.

"It was love at first sight. We danced but it was at arms length apart."

Just 10 months later, the then 22-year-old Mr Burleigh popped the question.

"Yeah, it was 10 months but it was right," he said.

Mr Burleigh said the pair had shared a wonderful life together, moving to Esperance, running a business and sharing 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

When asked about the secret to their marriage longevity, Mr Burleigh said perseverance and understanding was important.

"Buggered if I know," he joked.

"Let her win every argument. Don't pick up and leave the first time you have an argument or run into some trouble.

"Once you survive that first year, you can make it. There's a reason there is a five-year apprenticeship."

Mr Burleigh said the pair had also dealt with their fair share of hardship, with Di's sight having seriously deteriorated in recent years.

"Her sight deteriorating has certainly been difficult but everyone has been great," Mr Burleigh said.

"She still recognises people by shape and the sound of their voice and she's kept her sense of humour.

"She goes down to Woolworths and there is always someone to assist her.

"The good thing now is that I'm not working, so I'm doing it - looking after my own wife."

Mr Burleigh extended thanks to friends and family for coming along and showing their support for the pair.