Love at first sight leads to 50-year marriage
ALAN and Denise Hansell have been in love for more than 50 years, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary at the weekend.
The couple held a small get together at their West Gladstone home on Saturday, a sausage sizzle with family and a few friends.
Mr Hansell said it was low key but a lovely day.
"We had a black forest cake and finished it for smoko this morning," he said.
Mr Hansell met his wife in Caboolture in 1962 when he was 19 years old and she was 17.
"It was love at first sight, I whisked her off her feet," he said.
"I thought I can't let this one go, she's a good catch. We've had a marvellous life together."
They were married on October 3, 1964 and they kick started their life as a pair, moving to Gladstone from Brisbane.
Mr Hansell worked at QAL as a fitter for 14 years, supervising for seven years in the mechanic workshop.
He freelanced for a while and then worked in construction, building power stations for 20 years.
Mrs Hansell has worked as a cleaner at Gladstone West State School for 37 years, still working there today.
Mr Hansell retired due to a battle with prostate cancer which he has been fighting for nine years.
He's been relaxing at the family's holiday home at Southend where he fishes and goes crabbing.
"I'm trying to catch every fish in the ocean. I'm a real boating man, I have three boats," he said.
The Hansells have two daughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
"We babysit them on the weekends. We have a six week old grandchild and a three and a half year boy who I idolise," he said.
So, what's the secret of success in being married for 50 years?
"I think it relates a great lot to your marriage vows, you make that commitment," Mr Hansell said.
"Talking about any problems is also a big thing. It's not smooth waters all the time."