Betty still having the ride of her life: Point Peron

Betty and husband Roy (back), with Black Duck Trike Club member Wayne Edmunds, and (left) on her wedding day.
Betty still having the ride of her life: Point Peron
Betty and husband Roy (back), with Black Duck Trike Club member Wayne Edmunds, and (left) on her wedding day.

WATCHING the strapping young lad whiz by on his motorbike with sidecar melted young Betty Pope’s heart.

Touting the young man as the one for her, Betty Pope married Roy Weir in 1946.

The couple met at their shared workplace, Wesfarmers, and their romance is still flourishing today, almost 70 years later. Roy is a World War II veteran, POW and long-term RSL member. The couple live at the RSL Memorial Park on Point Peron Road.

Lately, the caravan park has been a hive of ‘secret’ activity as other residents planned quite the soiree for Betty’s 90th birthday.

Due to her love of all things with three wheels, a surprise trike tour of Shoalwater and Garden Island was organised.

Members of the Rockingham branch of the Military Brotherhood Motorcycle Club (all ex-servicemen and affiliates) formed up at the front of the caravan park to surprise the nonagenarian and help her relive her heyday of so many years before.

Betty and Roy boarded the trike and both graciously smiled for photographs.

The group set off around 10.30am, last Saturday, October 10, for a sidecar tour of Garden Island and Shoalwater.

It was quite a sight as Betty and Roy sat on the bike together and waved at the crowd.

Betty has had a full life.

The mother of three boys – Peter, Danny and Richard – is also a grandmother and great-grandmother. After the kids flew the nest she took up golf. She won the Champion Plate twice and Foursomes Championship twice, with a handicap of 14 after just three years playing – although she does admit a certain brown spirit may have contributed to her successes.

“I was having a bad day on the first nine, so I left the course and went to the bar where another member suggested I calm down with a Scotch,” she said.

“After that first ever Scotch I went out and won the game.”

Betty sums up her life thus far as having been full of discoveries and golden moments.