Sydney in the 1950s & ‘60s was a vastly different world for people known then as ‘spastics’
Aussie music legend Col Joye helps launch real life love story set to change views on love, life and disability
When Bev and Bart met as teenagers, their attraction was instant. But Sydney in the 1950’s and 60’s was a vastly different world for people known then as ‘spastics’.
Their blossoming relationship endured years of prejudice, tragedy and seemingly insurmountable stumbling blocks. The spark between Bev and Bart burned for many years, flickered at times, but was never extinguished. When they finally married, some 20 years after they first fell in love, they proved that love can conquer all.
This heart-warming love story comes to life in a new book – Bev & Bart – launched today in Sydney by Bart, who is now 73 years old, and Australian music legend Col Joye.
‘I just wanted the world to know about Bev and me, our relationship, and what we went through to be together’, Bart said. ‘Our love was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love, and I hope our commitment to overcoming prejudices and finally being able to marry has helped others who may have followed in our footsteps.
‘I am so grateful to Col Joye for joining us today, as Bev and I were both massive fans since he was guest of honour at a Christmas Party at the then Spastic Centre back in the 1950s’, Bart said.
Bev passed away in 1998 while being treated for breast cancer. Bart still lives in the same room the couple shared at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Venee Burgess Hostel at Allambie Heights.
President of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Marelle Thornton AM, said today’s launch of Bev & Bart was timed to coincide with what would have been the couple’s wedding anniversary.
‘Quite simply, Bev & Bart is a great read’, Marelle said. ‘As well as openly and honestly discussing the prejudices they both faced because of their disability, it also provides a great recount of our organisation’s long and proud history.
‘Bart has quite literally grown up with our organisation and remains one of our most-loved residents. He is our own living treasure’, she said.
Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of Bev & Bart can order via firstname.lastname@example.org
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Released on 20 Jun 2014