Chance meeting, diamond moment

LOVE SHINES: Hilary and Keith Gallagher will soon celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Photo: Chris Owen / The Satellite
LOVE SHINES: Hilary and Keith Gallagher will soon celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Photo: Chris Owen / The Satellite Chris Owen

SHE was 16 years old and outside sweeping the front of her father's grocery store.

He lived down the street and rode past one day on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

That was the moment Inala couple Keith and Hilary Gallagher first laid eyes on one another and the start of what would become a diamond romance.

The great-grandparents will celebrate 60 years of marriage on November 15.

"He looked like a young Glenn Ford," Mrs Gallagher recalled of her 84-year-old husband.

"And after he saw me, he began looking for any excuse to head down to the store where I worked."

Since they were wed in 1952, Mrs Gallagher said married life had been a series of up and down moments, but said she would not trade them for anything.

"Like any couple, we've had our differences of opinion," the 79-year-old said.

"But our secret to a long marriage is being able to work together."

The couple put their marriage philosophy also into their work life, maintaining a grain and cattle farm together for more than 30 years.

"If Keith was under a truck, I was under there with him helping out," Mrs Gallagher said.

Now retired, the couple said their duties had turned to helping look after their grandchildren.

"Our children will sometimes ask us to watch the grandkids while they go to work," Mr Gallagher said.

"But we love it...I also like to do a fair bit of gardening these days too."

The couple will celebrate their diamond anniversary with a family gathering at the Spring Lake Hotel.

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