Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

60 Years of Bolte Bliss; Love at First Sight for Couple

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

60 Years of Bolte Bliss; Love at First Sight for Couple

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Byline: Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

THEY first met in 1942 as five-year-olds, sharing their sandwiches at school, but it wasn't until they were 16 that Heather and Brian Bolte fell in love.

It was 1953 and Brian's mother invited Heather's family to dinner after a chance meeting in country Victoria.

It had been 11 years since the pair last saw each other.

"We were both 16, I was rapt; she was absolutely beautiful," Brian remembers.

"It was love at first sight and we have been together ever since. We are still the best of mates."

They were married in 1958, at 2pm on a sunny autumn afternoon in Heather's hometown, Neerim South, Gippsland. The Esk couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 1.

"It was a beautiful day, everyone seemed to come out of the woodwork to have a look. Brian was polishing his petrol tank, he was very nervous," Heather said.

"He's tall and he's good at conservation."

Brian said they had shared many happy memories over the past 60 years, including the birth of their two children, Carmel and Stephen, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. …

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