A love as old as the Grafton Bridge
By JENNIFER HUXLEY
ROY Last reached to hold the hand of his wife of 75 years, covering her frail fingers with his.
"I'm as in love with Phyl as I was the day we were married," he said.
"She's just beautiful."
Roy, 94, and Phyl, 91, yesterday celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary, surrounded by family and friends at Rathgar Lodge at Ulmarra.
Since meeting at a dance in Sydney as teenagers, the two have remained inseparable.
And with four children, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-
grandchild on the way, Phyl said the relationship had not lost its spark.
"It has been one big adventure and I wouldn't have missed a second of it," she said.
"It's hard to understand how we got to 75 years of marriage when I don't even feel 75 years old."
Phyl said she knew Roy was special as soon as she met him.
"I was only 18 and I had a lovely boyfriend at the time, but Roy just swept me away," she said.
"I used to go to Five Dock in Sydney frequently with my friends and Roy was usually there with his friends. I always noticed the way he looked at me.
"He has always been sweet. One anniversary Roy sent me a lovely note delivered by a carrier-pigeon, it was very original."
After enjoying a morning tea and celebrations at Rathgar Lodge, Roy said the couple would go on an afternoon outing with their family.
"Our family is all over the place so we want to enjoy having them here while we can," he said.
"The sun is shining, it's a beautiful day. Perhaps we can have a nice afternoon tea together."