ON THE eve of their 60th wedding anniversary, the sparkle remains in the eyes of Lindsay and Irene Newton.
The Newtons, of Bega, will celebrate six decades of marriage on Thursday.
Lindsay and Irene were married in Bega on October 3, 1953.
The couple will toast their diamond wedding anniversary at a family dinner this Friday night.
“We will celebrate with family, nothing too big,” Irene said.
When asked how it feels to reach six decades of marriage, Irene replied that time had flown.
“I can’t believe it’s been 60 years,” she said.
Lindsay, 83, said the key to a long and happy relationship was simple.
“We never fell out of love,” he said.
“The best advice I was given is that there is always two in a marriage.”
Irene, 85, added “we’ve always worked together, not fighting or anything like that”.
The Newtons met in 1950 at a mutual friend’s gathering, where Lindsay asked Irene if he could walk her home.
Lindsay then invited her to go the movies and, in Irene’s words, "it went from there”.
The date itself proved tricky because Lindsay didn’t have a car at the time.
He had to check the King’s Theatre, Bega, program mid-week ahead of the film on the Saturday night.
By the start of 1952, Lindsay and Irene had announced their engagement.
The couple were wed by Father Brohen in the St Patrick’s Catholic Church, which Irene describes as “the best day of my life”.
Lindsay’s brother drove them to Narooma for the first day of their honeymoon, before spending the rest of their time in King’s Cross.
“King’s Cross wasn’t like it is now,” Lindsay said.
After the wedding, Lindsay and Irene built a house in Wallace St and have lived there ever since.
The couple has had three sons – Chris, Peter and Nick – as well as seven grandchildren.
“We made additions to the house as the kids grew up,” Lindsay said.
“A friend we met on our first date used to live across the road.”
Lindsay was born in Crookwell, but the family moved to Cobargo in 1934.
Five years later, the family relocated to Bega “because of the war”, he said.
Meanwhile, Irene (nee McDonald) was born in Bombala, but attended school in Towamba.
After settling down in Bega in the early ‘50s, the Newtons have been active members of the local community.
Lindsay played tenor in the Bega District Band for more than six decades and was a member of the Lions club for eight years.
Lindsay and Irene have shared a mutual love for tennis, joining the club during the 1950s.
“They [Bega club] used to hold Easter tournaments in Bega and Irene would help cater for it – she did that for years,” he said.
Irene was a regular at the Bega tennis courts, but was forced to give up the sport at 84-and-a-half years.
Since then, Irene has turned to knitting and creates items for local residents on request.
“I knit for everyone – I do it when I can,” she said.
Lindsay said he looked forward to their 60th wedding anniversary.
“If you went through all the things that have happened to us, you could write a book.