Love still in air after 66 years
By KIRSTY NOFFKE
MELVA and Ron Hewish have spent 66 years married and have a simple recipe for success ? do things together, consult one another, be honest and show lots of affection.
Having nearly lost Ron four times to illness, and herself becoming handicapped in one hand, Melva said: "Ron has always held me together."
The Murwillumbah couple has two children, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Apart from their children, they say the highlight of their happy life together was their travelling.
Since 1959 the couple has visited 31 countries through the Friendship Force Organisation, an exchange travel program which allows strangers to stay with people in other countries.
Melva named Chang Mai in Thailand as one of her favourite holiday locations around the world.
They married during the war years in 1940 when things were so tough Melva couldn't even afford to buy or hire a wedding dress.
But their love for one another was strong and they couldn't wait to start their life together.
"We've all got to sacrifice something for our life," she said.
And while yesterday's anniversary was a cause for celebration, Melva did say that she and Ron preferred life without the technology and the terrorists.
"Give me the old days ... we could walk down the street and feel safe."
"No way I'd go out of Australia now. It's just too danger- ous."