Diamond anniversary for Mount Gambier couple

DIAMOND CELEBRATION: Clare and Eric Gunn celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Charlotte Varcoe

MOUNT Gambier couple Clare, 82, and Eric Gunn, 85, celebrated their diamond anniversary last week, reaching 60 years of marriage.

The couple met at a dance in Glenburnie with it being love at first sight before marrying at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Mount Gambier in front of about 150 guests on January 6, 1962.

“It has been a long time and we may have an argument every now and then but it is worth it,” Clare said.

“Our wedding was a lovely day, a nice day and a highlight was definitely the women’s hats.

“They wore amazing hats and gloves to the wedding because it was the fashion back then and I know times have changed now but they were so beautiful back then.”

The couple celebrated their milestone at The Barn Steakhouse last week exactly 60 years since saying ‘I do’.

“There were people who were there on the day who came along to celebrate with us at The Barn,” Clare said.

“They are all dear friends of ours and made the day extra special after 60 years.

“Unfortunately there were people who weren’t able to celebrate with us today such as Eric’s best man from the wedding who had to be in Adelaide.”

Throughout the years, the two owned a number of dairy farms together before retiring and moving into town 22 years ago.

“It was just the two of us for the entire time, until we met Andrew Schulz,” Clare said.

“Andrew has been like our adopted son and he even calls me his Mount Gambier mum.

“We have been so close to him ever since he bought our farm before we retired.”

Clare and Eric said they had not regretted anything about their relationship and looked forward to what the future had in store.