Gladstone mayor celebrates 40th wedding anniversary
SURFING was a passion for Tony Sellers in the 1970s, leading him to the love of his life, Gladstone Mayor Gail.
On January 4, the pair celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a humble dinner in each other's company at Rocksalt.
Cr Sellers said looking over the time as a married couple, the clear highlights would be the births of their children Kirsten and Todd and watching their respective families grow.
"We have never been anniversary people. We much prefer Christmas and birthday to celebrate," she said.
"The highlight of our years together would be having our children and now the arrival of our grandchildren."
It all began when Mr Sellers embarked on a surfing holiday with his best mate Steve Page.
The swell at Agnes Water had attracted them to the Gladstone region, but it was the ladies that ensured they would remain.
"Steve married a local girl, Debbie Thomas, and Tony and I were married. Both couples have remained in the Gladstone region ever since," Cr Sellers said.
"The day of our wedding was typical January weather. Hot, steamy and a storm later in the day."
The couple exchanged vows at St Saviour's Anglican Church in 1975, followed by a reception at what was then called the Ocean View, now referred to as the Central Lane Hotel.
"I had been teaching in Baralaba until the end of the school year and all the organisation was done by my mother," Cr Sellers said.
"Tony and his friends spent the whole day repairing his car."
And while the couple admit Tony's laid back nature has contributed greatly to the success of their marriage, the support offered to one another during the hardest moments is key.
"In our early married life we played a lot of sport, squash, basketball and softball, and always worked together in helping with the administration and coaching of teams," she said.
"Remember sometimes in a marriage, it would be much easier to leave, rather than stay, but you do sign on for life."
Cr Sellers also notes that marriage, even with all of its ups and downs, is much easier and less stressful than politics.