Robert and Muriel Johnstone on theIr wedding day in Proserpine in 1947.
Robert and Muriel Johnstone on theIr wedding day in Proserpine in 1947. Peter Carruthers

Prossie's great love story told

FRIDAY nights are a little tamer in the Johnstone household since matriarch Muriel broke her hip last year on the way to the pub.

The sprightly Muriel, now 92, was climbing into a courtesy bus for her Friday night ritual with her beloved husband of 70 years Robert when the slip-up happened.

But Muriel and Robert aren't too bothered by having their social wings clipped - as long as they have each other, that's all they've ever needed, said daughter Bev, from Evans Head in northern NSW.

That's also why they're not after any great fuss for their platinum wedding anniversary in Proserpine next Friday, added Bev.

"If anyone wants to visit them they can but I don't think they have anything planned,” said Mrs Campbell, who is travelling up that week to share in the quiet celebrations.

The Johnstone's only other child Kevin, 48, lives closer, five hours south in Emu Park, but Robert and Muriel aren't the type of seniors who like to be checked up on.

During Cyclone Debbie they survived just fine without power for 11 days with cold showers and little more than a gas cooker for food.

Even today, with Muriel's hearing not what it used to be, and former firefighter Robert legally blind, the only real help they get around the home is with the lawns.

Bev said mum and dad can't imagine enjoying their twilight years anywhere else. They both met as children while living on Fulljames Street and haven't wanted to leave their favourite Prossie patch since their love blossomed.

So what's their secret to such an unbreakable bond?

"I wish I knew - I'd start living that way myself,” said Bev with a laugh.

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