David and Gwen Hannaford celebrate 50 years

TOGETHER: Gwen and David Hannaford were joined by around 40 family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

TOGETHER: Gwen and David Hannaford were joined by around 40 family and friends to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Gwen and David Hannaford were joined by 40 friends and family to celebrate five decades of marriage last weekend.

The couple, who lived in Apsley most of their lives, met back in 1969 and were married just six months later.

Now 78, Gwen said the first time she met her husband was on her 27th birthday when a friend organised a surprise dinner guest.

"There was a knock at the door, she (a friend) said 'Oh, I'll get it' and in comes this stranger, she introduced him and the rest is history."

David was from Apsley and Gwen from Poolaijelo. Now both retired, David was a grazier and farmer while Gwen was a registered nurse.

The two met on March 13, 1969 and were married by September 13, 1969.

Gwen put their success and longevity down to being able to compromise and enjoy each other's company.

"We've done quite a bit of travelling together," she said.

"Back 30 years ago we started going on camping holidays with friends.

Their adventures saw them trek through most of the states and territories of Australia, with trips including the Kimberley, the Oodnadatta Track, and the Simpson Desert.

Together David and Gwen raised three boys, Robert, Trevor and Andrew (deceased), seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The pair were married in September of 1969.

The pair were married in September of 1969.

Robert Hannaford, who was raised by David and Gwen after his birth-father died when he was young, said the couple managed to successfully forge their relationship's strength by finding "the right balance".

"They've both certainly got different interests but they've also got things they did together," he observed.

"Both have done a lot to help others, from Flying Doctors to Lions and other organisations.

Robert described David as someone who people would "instantly gravitate to" and "never wanted for much."

"He can't do enough for others. He's always kind, always put others first."

The couple had a very enjoyable anniversary and extended a big thank you to Jennie Davey and many others who helped organise it.