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A very special Easter for loving couple

Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Gordon and Ina Langbine are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today. Gordon and Ina Langbine are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today.

By Nick Gibbs

A shared love of dancing and a busy family life has held the key to a long and happy marriage, according to Gordon and Ina Langbine.

The couple were married on Easter Saturday in 1954 at the Methodist Church in Oxide Street and today they celebrate their 60th anniversary.

Gordon arrived in Broken Hill from Mildura in 1952 with a plan to work on the mines while saving for a car before Ina’s influence convinced him to stay.

The couple’s courtship revolved around the local dances held at the old Palais and Druids’ Hall.

“If you wanted to meet anybody in town, you went there,” Ina said.

Together they built a life in Broken Hill, with both taking an active role in the local community and welcoming three children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren into the world.

“It’s the most friendly, unique town,” Ina said.

Gordon has volunteered many years of service to City Council as a councillor and committee member and to the North football and cricket clubs, while Ina has worked tirelessly with the YWCA and Probus. 

“Gordon has always been sports-minded and I’ve always been craft-minded,” Ina said.

The celebrations today will continue on Saturday night with a dinner party at the Sturt Club with family members who are coming home from all around the country for the special occasion. 

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Ina said.

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