LOYAL READER: Bert and Dora Lowe love reading The Observer daily, and Bert has been a loyal reader since 1947.
LOYAL READER: Bert and Dora Lowe love reading The Observer daily, and Bert has been a loyal reader since 1947. Mike Richards

Bert has been a loyal reader since 1947

BERT Lowe has been reading The Observer for almost as long as he's been married to his wife Dora.

The 90-year-old could claim the title of Gladstone's longest reader of our newspaper, first getting the paper delivered in 1947 when he was 22.

He married Dora when he was 19.

Now, it's 2015, and he reads The Observer every morning.

"I read the paper front to back. As soon as I have had my breakfast I sit on my cushion on my chair for over an hour and read it.

"I am not a fast reader. Then I go to my backyard and garden," he said.

"The kids used to knock off the papers about 10 years ago and I used to get onto them about it. They would leave the wrapping at the bus stop."

Mr Lowe's favourite sections of The Observer are sport and the new four-page racing guide.

"I also like the headlines and the Paulette Flint history column. I never miss it. I knew some of the men in one of the stories about the '50s," he said.

"I have never missed an Anzac parade in Gladstone. I read all those features (about the centenary this year) in the paper, too."

The father of two, grandfather of four and great-grandfather of two didn't have any old newspapers lying around his home, but said he had fond memories of them.

Mr and Mrs Lowe met each other when they were 18. They celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on May 5.

"We met at a dance in Gladstone during the war. I moved to Gladstone in 1938 and we were married in 1945," Mr Lowe said.

"I reckon I need a medal," Mrs Lowe laughed.

A lot has changed in Gladstone, but Mr Lowe said it was a good time to live in Gladstone in his heyday.

"In the '40s there were lots of dances, sport and Americans. I used to MC dances. Those were the good old days."

Mr Lowe worked as a bus driver for almost 30 years. Mrs Lowe worked at a café and at a manchester store.

They have featured in The Observer twice - once for their 60th wedding anniversary and Mrs Lowe, now 89, for a lawn bowls game.