Joint effort for golden marriage
Thursday, 19th August, 2010
A local couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today say their union had lasted due to good old TLC.
Sydney Hocking and Glenys Mew were married on August 19, 1960 at the Wesley Church by the Reverend Robert Lovell.
Sydney worked with Glenys' brother, Robin, and he met Glenys when Robin brought him home for dinner one night.
"It was about a four-year period before we got married," Mrs Hocking said.
"Mum had two weddings that year so the pressure was on a bit," she said.
At the time, Glenys was working as a clerk at Middleton's Jewellers, and in 1960 five female staff members left after getting married.
"I could have worked on, but I married so I had to relegate the job."
Mrs Hocking, who recently celebrated a birthday, said she did not want an open house for their anniversary, and instead opted for a family dinner at a restaurant.
The couple said they put the success of their marriage down to trust, love, care.
"You've got to put it down as a joint effort," Glenys said. "You've got to trust, love and care for each other."
The couple's only daughter Margaret sent a letter to local MP John Williams notifying him of the anniversary, and they received letters of congratulation from him, the Governor General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Federal MP Sussan Ley.