Couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
KATHLEEN (Kitt) Pugh said it was 'true love' that kept her and husband of almost 70 years, Lester, together.
The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with more than 50 of their friends and family on Saturday at Junction Hill.
Mrs Pugh (nee Woodcroft) said she was a quiet, 16-year-old Grafton High School girl when she met the 'nice looking' Lester Pugh, a 17-year-old apprentice carpenter, on the banks of the Clarence River.
"It was when the pontoon used to bring the train across the river," Mrs Pugh said. "He was down there fishing."
Mrs Pugh knew he was the one and their love blossomed over the next three years. The couple spent Friday nights in Prince Street, Grafton, socialising and dancing. Mr Pugh was in the mouth organ band. The couple were married at St Mary's Cathedral on December 21, 1935.
Mrs Pugh said it was 'true love' from the beginning. "We have never fought or argued in our lives," she said.
Mrs Pugh said they had travelled around Australia four times and spent 12 months overseas.
The couple have three children, Yvonne Cooney, of Junction Hill, Marlene Hurley, of Gosford, and son Keith Pugh, of Junction Hill. Father Rex Hackett read a service on Saturday which Mrs Pugh said was 'very, very touching'. "We had a fantastic night," she said.
The couple received telegrams from the Queen and the Governor-General.