Despite a few COVID disruptions, local couple Vic and Dawn Smith have marked a milestone.
November 10, 2021 was the pair's 70th wedding anniversary.
Vic, from Kempsey and Dawn, from Picton, met on January 11, 1949 at a dance at C.U.S.A House in Sydney.
Following a two-year courtship, they married on November 10, 1951 at St. Anthony's Church in Picton.
They lived first in Sydney, but in 1955 they moved to Blayney to manage the Railway Refreshment Room.
The following year they were transferred to Nyngan and finally to Cowra, where, after fourteen months, they resigned from R.R.R. to settle and raise their nine children.
Vic was well known and respected in Western NSW both as an area manager for a city wine and spirit firm, and as an executive for the Cowra Magpies, Group 10 and Western Division Rugby League.
In that capacity he was a selector for the famous AMCO Cup winning team, and still entertains with stories of that experience.
When the children became teenagers, Dawn went back to university and spent many years as the Religious Education Co-ordinator at St Raphael's School.
She wrote and produced a series of interdenominational passion plays with a cast of up to 60, the most recent production in 2016 at the age of 84.
Dawn still sings with the Parish Choir.
They were looking forward to a celebration with their 96 amazing descendants and extended family, however COVID-19 has forced postponement for a second time but the family is determined to get together to celebrate this amazing milestone as soon as it is safe.
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