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A long and happy union

Thursday, 16th December, 2010

Keith and Gwen Lambert celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today Keith and Gwen Lambert celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today

Love, honesty and working everything out together were the key to a long and successful marriage, according to one couple who know better than most.

Keith and Gwen Lambert are today celebrating 60 years of marriage with a family dinner. They were married at the Oxide Street Methodist Church by Rev Henry Horner on December 16, 1950.

Gwen remembers the day being 40 degrees, which was hard since there was "no air conditioning in those days". The reception was held at the North Boys' Club.

Keith's parents owned a property between Pooncarie and Menindee and the couple met when Gwen visited her aunt in Pooncarie and attended a pigeon shooting competition and a ball.

Gwen was 17 and Keith was 19. "I liked him from the beginning," she said. "The day I met her I knew she was going to be the one I married," said Keith.

The couple became engaged when Gwen turned 18. They were married two years later and moved to Broken Hill so Keith could work on the North mine, where he stayed for 37 years.

They have three children, Cheryl, Lance and Heather, seven grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Of the celebration today, Gwen said it will be lovely to see all the family together.

Keith said the three things that are important in a marriage are love, honesty and working everything out together. Gwen said it was about finding the best in life.

"We made a vow to f ind the very best in life," she said. "(It is about) learning to be patient ... showing a smile and bringing happiness each day."

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