They say love makes the world go around and for Lake Macquarie’s Jack and Shirley Waye, it certainly rings true.
The couple, residents of the Southern Cross Care (SCC) Caves Beach, recently celebrated a lifelong milestone – 66 years of marriage.
Jack, now 95, first met his intended beau Shirley, 88, in 1952 at her cousin’s wedding.
The confident young lad asked her for a dance – and the pair never looked back.
Shirley said “yes”; and he later dropped her home in his Vauxhall.
Three years later, in 1955, they tied the knot.
Unfortunately for Shirley, she later experienced some mobility issues and moved into the Southern Cross Care home in Caves Beach.
Jack lived on his own for a while but soon needed a little more help himself.
He then joined Shirley at SCC where they could be together day and night.
SCC Caves Beach facility manager Helen Armstrong said the Wayes were a “wonderful couple”.
“Jack and Shirley are part of our family here and are very popular with other residents and staff,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.
“So, we celebrated the occasion with champagne and plenty of cake.
“It’s our privilege to be caring for them.
“You don’t get to witness such milestones every day, so our team was more than happy to organise this little treat for the couple and other residents.”