Ashley celebrates 80th
“I’M sorry Mrs Watts but this one hasn’t made it,” the doctor told Esther when her eighth baby failed to breathe after birth.
A makeshift coffin – a cardboard box – was found and the little boy placed inside, next to a fireplace.
Sorrow soon turned to bliss as a weak cry was heard.
Eighty years and three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild later Ashley Watts celebrated another birthday in Warwick on Sunday.
More than 60 relatives from Warwick and as far away as Maryborough, Oakey and Brisbane gathered at the Chung Hing Chinese Restaurant to help the retired ambulance officer enjoy the moment.
Among them were his only two remaining siblings, Dot Campbell and Betty Woodrow, sister-in-law of 74 years Dory Watts, son Don and grandsons Steve and Terry.
Other relatives who couldn’t attend sent their best wishes by phone throughout the afternoon.
The party was the first of three celebrations for Ashley this year with his wife, Georgie, reaching her 80th birthday in September and the couple clocking up 58 years of marriage.