50 golden years

IN 1961, Maureen Keig was set to move from England to Australia — until she met Tony Bolding.

Now, 50 years of marriage later, they are still going strong, celebrating their anniversary with family and friends on June 30.

Maureen met her future husband at a motorcycle club in 1961.

"My mother was very upset because I said to her 'I'm sorry, I've met the man I'm going to marry, so I'm not coming to Australia'," Maureen said.

They moved to Australia in 1966 and have lived in Castle Hill for 21 years.

Tony is still a very keen motorcyclist.

Today they are just as active, with Tony involved with radio control yacht sailing and Maureen with physical culture and tennis.

"I think because we're still active that gives us the freedom to come back together," Maureen said.

"I suppose [a successful marriage] is when you give and take.

"We get on very well. We've always helped each other and just been there for each other."

They also enjoy camping with their four children and six grandchildren.

"We're a fairly tight unit. It's always been about the girls and Sean [our son]," Tony said.

"You've got to try not to take each other for granted."

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