Diamond celebration

Derek and Pam Eldridge. Picture: Jon Hewson d406872
Derek and Pam Eldridge. Picture: Jon Hewson d406872

The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, September 5.

They married in 1953 after a two-year courtship.

It was love at first sight for an 18-year-old Pam, who thought Derek was very handsome when he walked into a local dance in Harrow, England.

‘It was ladies invitation, I saw him walking in and thought ‘oh yes’,’ Pam said.

Derek and Pam said they were content with their life, despite having their share of difficulties.

They lost their middle son Clive when he was 18 and both have survived cancer.

They have two surviving children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

They will celebrate their 60th anniversary with friends, a family dinner and an upcoming cruise to New Zealand.

The couple came to Australia in 1967 as ‘ten pound poms,’ and said it was a great decision.

They moved to Mandurah 23 years ago.

‘We’ve had some fun and had some laughs,’ Derek said.

‘After 60 years we still love each other.’

When Pam had breast cancer, Derek went with her to the hospital every day and gave up golf for nine months afterward.

‘1953 was a very special year,’ Pam said.

‘Sir Gordon Richards won the derby, Sir Edmund Hilary climbed Everest, it was the Queen’s coronation and I made the best decision of my life.

‘Who would have thought we’d be sitting here in Australia 60 years later?’