Couple celebrate 60 years
A LIFETIME hobby created a lifetime marriage for Newtown couple Bob and Joan Turner.
“Even to this day I'm an incurable model plane enthusiast,” Mr Turner said as the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary yesterday.
“I met a guy named Jack who turned up to our flying group one day and he had a sister named Valda who was friends with Joan.
“Our friends and their friends formed a big group and we'd always go to dances together.”
Mr and Mrs Turner met when they were 18, got engaged when they were 19 and married at the Holy Trinity Church in Hampton, Victoria, when they were 21.
They now have five children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The happy couple moved to Ipswich in October 1982 and haven't looked back.
“I think Ipswich is a lovely place,” Mr Turner said.
“What else can you say about it; we have everything we could ever want or need here.”
Mrs Turner said there was no secret to a happy marriage.
“You just have to love each other,” she said.
“You have to support each other and have a good sense of humour.”
Mr Turner agreed.
“You need trust, both ways, and it's good to take an interest in your hobbies,” he said.
The Turners will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends at a party at Karana Downs on Saturday.