Sixty years of wedded bliss

SIR Robert Menzies was our Prime Minister, a loaf of bread was 5 cents and Frank Sinatra's version of I'm Walking Behind You was No.1 on the Australian music charts.

Against this backdrop a 19-year-old Patricia Kennedy married her 23-year-old beau, William Sebbens — three years after she'd fallen in love with him at a dance at the Burwood Police and Community Youth Club.

"It was love at first sight," Mrs Sebbens, of Carlingford, said.

Same for him.

"She was wearing a dress that had a lot of yellow and orange in it," Mr Sebbens recalled.

Mrs Sebbens said: "He asked me to dance and then after a few weeks he asked to take me home.

"We never got on each other's nerves. We just love each other.

"We love being together and we love travelling.

"We do a lot of things together — belong to a history group and a computer club — but we do separate things too.

"I belong to a Probus club; Bill's in a Masonic Lodge — and I think that's good."

The couple, who married on October 17, 1953, were among 17 couples celebrating their 60th and 50th wedding anniversaries in 2013, invited to a morning tea by Epping MP Greg Smith to mark their milestone. Other couples were from Cherrybrook and West Pennant Hills.

Mr Smith has been hosting these celebrations since coming into office in 2007.

Asked how they celebrated their 60th, Mrs Sebbens said she didn't get a diamond.

"We talked it over; I've got all I need," she said.The couple have two daughters, Marilyn Reynolds and Pauline Santin, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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