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Love match endures the terrors of war

TOGETHERNESS: Morrie and Marion Foster are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
TOGETHERNESS: Morrie and Marion Foster are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

By ROBERT FOSTER

THE former screen legend Marilyn Monroe once said diamonds are a girl's best friend.

Marion Foster, of Breimba Street, Grafton, disagrees. Marion's best friend is husband of 60 years, Morrie.

The devoted couple will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with family and friends on Sunday.

They won't be letting their hair down, as the saying goes.

Morrie is 90 and Marion is aged somewhere in the 80s. That's a secret ? girls don't have to tell.

This is a story of love and friendship which nurtured in Scotland during the hell of World War Two.

Morrie and Marion met at a dance in Edinburgh in 1943.

Morrie, an Australian serviceman, served with the Royal Air Force flying weather missions over dark, cold and dangerous terrain.

He was lucky to survive.

He has kept with him a piece of gasket from the port outer propeller after an engine failed during one mission.

The chunk of metal flew off and pierced the aircraft, narrowly missing a radio operator.

It was one of the many nearmisses experienced during the numerous missions flown.

Marion, from the village of Thornlie Bank near Glasgow, also served in the military forces, with the Scottish Command Royal Corp of Signals.

Her work ? codebreaking and teleprinting ? was secret, so much so she was unable to tell Morrie during the war what she did and where.

He often would walk down a main street in Edinburgh, not knowing Marion was metres below working in a fortified office.

Morrie and Marion were married on January 2, 1945 at Thornlie Bank.

After the war Marion packed up and with their first child Marlene, a babe in arms, left to join Morrie in Australia. Morrie had returned to quit the airforce, rejoin family and work at Kyogle in a pharmacy.

The couple moved to Grafton in 1953 after Morrie gained a job as a dispenser at J D Ada's chemist shop in Prince Street. He remained there for the rest of his working life.

Marion and Morrie love Graf- ton and take special interest in the annual Jacaranda Festival. Back in the 1960s, Morrie motivated shoppies to dress up for what has since become known as Jacaranda Thursday.

Morrie set the thought in train by encouraging Ada's staff to dress in a theme for the occasion. Marion helped make the costumes.

The festival committee thought it was a good idea and the traditional dress-up has continued through the years.

Morrie and Marion have four children ? Marlene, Bev, Gordon and Scott.

The diamond anniversary takes special significance when you consider that Morrie's late parents, Joe and Anne Foster, of Villiers Street, Grafton, celebrat- ed theirs in 1973.



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