No barriers to love

5 May 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on No barriers to love|

FOR Athol and Shirley Davidson love knows no bounds, with the couple set to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in lockdown at the Barossa Park Lodge in Glenorchy.

The couple have been inseparable, barely spending a second apart in the last 60 years.

“Being married for 60 years has been like heaven,” they said.

“We’ve never really had a fight and never gone to bed without talking to each other – we are very lucky.”

Athol and Shirley met in the late 1950s before getting married on 14 May 1960.

“I remember one night I was waiting on the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool Street to meet someone else when Athol pulled up at the lights in his car and called out to her – I said hello,” Shirley said.

“Athol parked around the corner and walked toward me and asked if I would like a lift home and I replied yes.”

The couple got married at the Methodist Church in Cross Street, New Town, when Shirley was 22 and Athol was 31.

“It was a beautiful wedding celebrated with family and friends,” they said.

Shirley said Athol was in the hospital a couple of days before the wedding with an infected finger.

“I remember my sister telling Athol to get out of the hospital to marry her sister and that he was not going to stand her sister up,” she said.

The couple built a house in West Moonah where they began raising their three children after having both grown up in large families of 13 children.

“It was awe inspiring raising a family – I loved having my family around me and I absolutely adore my children, grandchildren and great children,” Shirley said.

Shirley and Athol lived in West Moonah for about 30 years and had a home lifestyle tending to their big garden and running a family day care.

They then moved to Claremont for about 20 years before moving to Barossa Park Lodge.

Shirley suffers from Macular Degeneration and early onset of Parkinson’s Disease, while Athol suffers from Parkinson’s, but they said that it has hardly impacted their lives.

“We have great support from our family,” they said.

“The staff at Barossa Park Lodge are also beautiful people that look after us.

“We are both in good spirits even with the lockdown restrictions.”

Shirley and Athol planned to celebrate their 60th anniversary in the comfort of their home, with maybe a trip to dining room with the other residents.

Daughter Colleen Davidson planned to have a small family gathering to celebrate after lockdown restrictions had been lifted.

“We love each other very much and still do,” Shirley and Athol said.

Caption: From left, Athol and Shirley Davidson at the Barossa Park Lodge, on their engagement day (12 January 1960), and on their wedding day (14 May 1960).

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