THIS week was a double celebration for Frank and Kath McGrath.
Frank celebrated his 88th birthday and the couple also celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Frank and Kath met at a dance in Albany on New Year’s Eve 1950.
“I missed the first four dances but after that we danced the night away,’’ Frank said.
“It was love at first sight and I made sure I hung on to her.
“I never let her go.”
The two, who now live at Brightwater in Dudley Park, were married at St Andrews Church, Subiaco in 1952.
Frank, a carpenter, built them a home at Alfred Cove and made and laid all the bricks himself.
Later, he went into local government and was building surveyor and planner at the City of Nedlands for a “very happy” 24 years.
Kath was a specialist dressmaker and coat cutter.
In earlier years, Frank was into football, cricket and yachting and the YMCA as his boys grew up.
Kath is a life member of Bouvard Quilters.
Their recipe for a happy marriage?
Tolerance and never going to bed angry.
“Marriage does not come easy and you have to work at it,’’ Frank said.
“I would not swap Kath for quids.’’