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.
Neighbourhood Watch Week will start with a sizzle — a sausage sizzle to be precise — at Sevens Creek Dve in Kialla.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
It was clear blue skies last Tuesday for the official launch of the Gargarro (pronounced Ga-gar-ro) Botanic Gardens in Girgarre.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
KATH Bubb has been recognised for 50 years of service with the Ballendella Red Cross.
IT EXPERTISE in Kyabram has received recognition after Advance Computing won a Microsoft Australia Partner Award in the excellence in regional area customer category.
Seymour A and B-grade in season decider
Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
McIvor Creek – in and around Heathcote – has gone over its banks with all our recent rain, flooding streets and causing closures and detours.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
After a 30-year career as an accountant in Deniliquin, Peter Skipworth officially retires today.
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