Terry and Bonnie celebrate 66 years

Bonnie and Terry Enright, who are celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary.

Batlow couple Terry and Bonnie Enright are celebrating their 66-year anniversary.

Mr Enright says the time has passed quickly, because it has been so good.

“We’ve had no problems with each other, none at all,” he said.

“It has been wonderful.”

Terry, now 87, has lived in Batlow all his life, apart from a stint in National Service, while Bonnie, now 85, moved to the town when she was 17 from Wattle Flat, just outside of Bathurst, and worked at Hodges Bakery.

The couple got to know each other, and the clincher was that there was a debutante ball coming up.

“She was looking for a partner and she asked me, so it was my lucky day wasn’t it?” Mr Enright said.

They got together and went back to Bathurst, where Mrs Enright had family and friends, and got married at St Michael and St John’s Catholic Church, before returning to Batlow by train. 

They moved into their first home at Cherry Lane, and then built a home on Tumbarumba Road which they still live in after 50 years.

Mr Enright worked in the chemical industry, while after working at the bakery, Mrs Enright worked at the Mountain Maid cannery for 30 years.

They had two sons – Michael, now 64 and living in Runaway Bay, Queensland, and Peter, now 60 and still living in Batlow. They also have grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To see the Enrights together is to realise they still have what they always had. For them, the secret to a lasting marriage is fairly simple.

“It’s about being compatible,” Mr Enright said.

“You’ve got to get on with each other, and work together as a team. There’s been no problems between us, we’re just doing what we’re doing, we never question it, we’ve never had a problem.”

Mr Enright concedes that marriage is different now than it was in 1955, but his advice for couples planning to get married is still the same.

“If you are compatible; that’s the important thing,” he said.

“You’re going to have bumps, but being compatible will get you over them. You’ve got to work together as a team.”  

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