Young love leads to diamond celebration
BARRY Cameron doesn't believe in love at first sight.
But when introduced to Joan Noble at a 1950's dance in Grafton, he felt a connection that would last for the ages.
"She was a really good sort too," he laughed.
The couple courted for three years before marrying at St Mary's Church on April 28 in 1956, and as they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today, Mr Cameron said it was a union against the odds.
"We were both under 21, so we had to get our parents' permission to marry," he said.
"But both our parents left us alone to make our marriage work - they never interfered - and I think that's one thing that made our relationship strong."
The couple made their home on a property on the corner of Prince and Oliver Sts, and then sold the land to a developer, moving another house from the land to its current location at Carrs Creek. They ran a transport business for many years in the region.
The couple had six children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grand children and Mr Cameron says it was their union, which has survived some hardships, he hopes sets an example to further generations.
"Our parents were together until they died, and I think that us staying together through the ups and downs we've had over the years is something the younger ones can look to," he said.
Both are retired now, with Mr Cameron enjoying clay target shooting, while Mrs Cameron was a former president for more than 20 years of the Grafton Diabetes Support Group before resigning due to ill health.
Mr and Mrs Cameron enjoyed lunch at the Crown Hotel last week with their extended family as a pre-anniversary celebration.