Valentine’s Day marks 60 years of wedded bliss for Woodvale couple

Robert and Thelma Berriman are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490480
Robert and Thelma Berriman are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490480

WHEN Robert (88) and Thelma Berriman (79) set their wedding date 60 years ago, they had no idea February 14 was Valentine’s Day.

“It wasn’t really a thing back then,” Mrs Berriman said.

Now, on a day when love fills the air, the couple will celebrate their diamond milestone.

Mrs Berriman, who was living in Mosman Park, said she met Mr Berriman, who lived on St George’s Terrace in Perth, through a blind date.

Two years later, they married at Wesley Church on William Street in Perth, followed by a reception at the Palace Hotel.

Robert and Thelma Berriman on their wedding day.

They lived in City Beach for 28 years where they raised their son and twin daughters, before moving to Wembley and now Timberside Villas in Woodvale.

Mr Berriman is a member of the Masonic lodge and Mrs Berriman plays golf at the Sea View Golf Club in Cottesloe.

They also have five grandchildren to keep them busy.

To celebrate their 60th anniversary and Mrs Berriman’s 80th birthday next month, the couple will head to Singapore “for something a bit different”, as well as a Valentine’s Day dinner with their children.

Mrs Berriman said the key to a long and happy marriage was “compatibility”.

“And doing everything the other one says,” she joked.

She said they also “travelled a lot over married life and enjoyed life”,  visiting places including the US, Greece, Japan, most of Asia and various cruises.

“Now we need to make it to 70 years,” Mrs Berriman said.

Robert and Thelma Berriman are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490480