Cliff and Dawn Rowe of Laidley celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Photo: Contributed
Cliff and Dawn Rowe of Laidley celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Photo: Contributed Contributed

MESSAGES of goodwill from the Queen, the Governor-General and other dignitaries, along with flowers from family and well-wishers marked the 60th wedding anniversary of Laidley identities Cliff and Dawn Rowe.

The couple married in Toowoomba's St Luke's Anglican church on September 5, 1953.

"We met while we were both living in Toowoomba," Mr Rowe said.

"We moved to the Laidley district 48 years ago and have been living here ever since."

Mr and Mrs Rowe have dedicated their lives to community service.

They have volunteered at various times with the Laidley Historical Society, the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, Senior Citizens and the Anglican Church.

"We're lucky to be enjoying good health, remaining active and being able to still help out where we can."

And the secret to such a long and happy relationship?

"Taking things as they come. I guess we are fortunate in that this is the way it is, and it has been the way we have lived our lives.

"Among all the messages of congratulations we received, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also managed to get one to us prior to the recent election."

The Rowes have one daughter and two sons, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Their extended family is now scattered across Australia, from Western Australia to North Queensland.



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