Love is all around on Valentine’s Day – including in the Carinity Brookfield Green aged care community.

Stanley Fryer and his wife Grace, originally from Scotland, met at work. Stanley was a manager at an insurance company office in Brisbane, where Grace was later employed to do clerical work.

“I thought she was very beautiful and I still think she is beautiful. We worked together for a number of years and subsequently we got engaged and then married in 1959,” said Stanley, who is now 100.

Grace said: “I thought he was good looking for a start, he was kind and I liked all of him.”

The couple was married in St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Brisbane and later raised three children together.

“After we had our wedding photos taken in the photography studio, we went back to the wedding reception at Lennons Hotel, which was one of the top hotels in those days,” Stanley recalls.

“We were stopped when we went to walk up the front steps and told we couldn’t come in that way. They were expecting Princess Alexandra to arrive as she was in town to officiate the opening of a hospital.

“So, we had to go in the back entrance which wasn’t very pleasing to Grace!”

Just like the visiting British princess, Stanley and Grace’s nuptials made the news. Their wedding picture appeared in The Courier-Mail newspaper with the accompanying headline, ‘Scots lass weds … and the pipes skirled on Saturday.’

Grace, 85, believes marriages involve a lot of trial and error, also noting that she and Stan “don’t have any secrets”.

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