Razorback couple celebrates 65 years of marriage

Happy couple: Ruby and Barry Dancks have been married for 65 years today. Pictures: Supplied
Happy couple: Ruby and Barry Dancks have been married for 65 years today. Pictures: Supplied

Enduring lockdown together is no trouble for Ruby and Barry Dancks - they've already been together for 65 years!

The Razorback couple today (Wednesday, September 15) celebrates their 65th wedding anniversary, and they are just as in love in 2021 as they were in 1956.

Ruby Helen Stirk married Barry Dancks at St Peter's Church in Leicester, England while both working at the British United Shoe Machinery Company.

"It was a very large firm," Mrs Dancks said. "Barry worked as an apprentice engineering mechanic and I was in the accounting department. I had to walk through the workshop every day, and Barry asked a friend of his to get a date with me, which I accepted. We went together for about 18 months, then we married."

Mrs Dancks said her husband was called up for the National Service for two years, during which time she welcomed a daughter named Martine. Lorraine followed three years later.

"We migrated to Australia when Martine was almost six years old and Lorraine was two years old," Mrs Dancks said.

"We came over on the Oriana, taking three and a half weeks. When we arrived we were taken to a hostel in Cabramatta we spent 13 months there. During that time I had a son, David."

Mrs Dancks said the family suffered a terrible loss, when Martine died from Melanoma at just 19 years old. The Dancks now have 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Mr Dancks worked in mechanical engineering through is whole working life, while Mrs Dancks was employed in various office roles.

"I also used to make dried and silk flower arrangements [and] volunteered at Lifeline for 16 years, in the distribution centre at Smeaton Grange," Mrs Dancks said.

"Barry spent most of his time working and spending time with the family. That's what I love most about him - he is very true and loyal. Barry says the thing he most loves about me is my sunny disposition and resilience. The secret to a successful marriage is to never let the sun go down on your anger".

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