Glenfield's Dorothy and Bill Curtis celebrate 70 years of marriage

They’ve spent most of their lives in Glenfield and last week William and Dorothy Curtis celebrated 70 years of marriage.

The significant milestone was celebrated with a morning tea and barbecue surrounded by family.

The couple were married in Burwood on December 13, 1947 after meeting at a dance.

Bill’s friend suggested he walk Dorothy home, a gesture that was the beginning of a long and happy relationship.

Bill, now 91, thought Dorothy was smart and attractive while Dorothy loved that Bill was a hard worker.

Dorothy, 88, said the secret to a successful marriage was to keep moving forward.

“Never hold a grudge, just get on with life and be happy,” she said.

Youngest daughter Pam Phegan said her parents were the embodiment of rock-solid marriage and always had great advice for their kids.

She said they were together for about six months before getting married and “they fell in love very quickly”.

The pair moved to Glenfield five years after tying the knot, just a stone’s throw from Whiddon Easton Park, where they now live. They raised a son and two daughters in the suburb, where Bill was also a local tennis coach.

Bill, who had a civilian role in the army, worked in the wool industry and also worked maintenance at Easton Park. Dorothy worked at a Liverpool babywear company for 32 years.

The couple have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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