A local love story turns 50
Friday, 11th December, 2015
By Erica Visser
Whenever a young Bob Groves took his girlfriend to the movies he would spend a considerable chunk of his grocery boy wage on buying her a packet of scorched almonds.
The gesture must have paid off because today the long-term local has been married to his “best friend”, Kaye, for half a century.
“One of my girlfriends worked with Robert at Tremelling’s,” Kaye said.
But the pair wouldn’t formally meet until Kaye’s 17th birthday, where a bold move on Bob’s behalf would spark the courtship.
“I was cheeky enough to go and knock on her door and wish her a happy birthday,” Bob recalled yesterday whilst seated at the couple’s Newton Street home.
“We were both 17. I’d take her to the movies and to different dances.”
Four years later the pair was married on a “stinking hot” day, 50 years ago, when family gathered at the Methodist Church in Railwaytown.
At age 23, Kaye gave birth to the pair’s daughter, Jasmin, and six years later they welcomed a son, Tilden.
“We’ve always worked together on things,” said Kaye, “We love being together. It’s incredible that 50 years has passed.”
The Groves are the real deal, still so smitten with one another they can’t bear to be separated.
“I went away for a week once for a mining conference and it felt like it went on forever,” Bob said.
“I’d ring at least twice a day.”
And what’s the secret to a long and lasting union?
“Never go to sleep before you’ve said, ‘I love you’. I give her a kiss every night before bed.”