Norma and Brian O'Connor will celebrate their 60th diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday.TYLA HARRINGTON July 15, 2014 3:40am
Norma O’Connor’s wedding dress is as beautiful now as the day she wore it.
The dress was the centrepiece for Norma and husband Brian’s diamond wedding anniversary, which the couple shared with about 50 friends and family at their Deniliquin home on Saturday.
Although the actual day of their 60th wedding anniversary isn’t until Thursday, the couple still decided to exchange gifts in front of their guests — Norma receiving a diamond ring and Brian a watch.
The O’Connors were married in Echuca’s St Mary’s Catholic Church on July 17 in 1954.
‘‘We met when Brian lived in Ballarat,’’ Norma said.
‘‘He was working as a mechanic and living at the boarding house I worked at.
‘‘We had mutual friends and we all went out together.
‘‘We started going out and eventually ended up married .
Norma and Brian lived in Melbourne and Benalla before moving to Deniliquin in 1979. They purchased a farm and have been in Deniliquin ever since.
‘‘Brian always wanted a farm so we decided to do it,’’ Norma said.
‘‘We’ve farmed cattle, sheep and grain. We farmed up until 18 months ago when we moved into town.’’
The O’Connors have six children — Peter, Garry, Kevin, Anthony, Brendan and Donna — and 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
And how has 60 years of marriage been?
‘‘It’s been good,’’ Norma said.
‘‘We get along well .
The couple received congratulatory letters from several dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, NSW Legislative Assembly speaker Shelley Hancock, NSW Premier Mike Baird, Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley and Member for Murray-Darling John Williams.
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