Bellbird Heights couple Bill and Marlene Gleghorn will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this week

HAPPY TOGETHER: Bill and Marlene Gleghorn will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary this week. Picture: Stephen Bisset
HAPPY TOGETHER: Bill and Marlene Gleghorn will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary this week. Picture: Stephen Bisset

For Bellbird Heights couple Bill and Marlene Gleghorn, the secret to a happy marriage is just getting along.

They should know as the couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Mrs Gleghorn said that the pair first met during a dance at the Lyceum Hall in Cessnock, where Bill was known to cut a rug.

“He was an incredible dancer and every time a girl wanted to make her debut, Bill was the man they called. he ended up taking eight girls up to make their debut, but everything worked out okay in the end.”

The couple were married at St Johns Anglican Church on October 18 1958, and enjoyed a week-long honeymoon at the Entrance, marred by the fact that Mr Gleghorn was “as sick as a dog.”

BIG DAY: Bill and Marlene Gleghorn on their wedding day in 1958.

BIG DAY: Bill and Marlene Gleghorn on their wedding day in 1958.

In their 60 years of wedded bliss, Bill and Marlene, who raised three boys, Paul, Robert and Michael, and now enjoy five grandchildren and a great-grandchild, have barely uttered a cross word to each other.

“It might sound like a put-on but we have always just enjoyed each other’s company and being together. We always get on well together” she said. “And we still have each other.”

The couple have also been inundated with congratulations from the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Labour Leader Luke Foley, Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon and Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent.

“It really is quite humbling to get such recognition,” Mrs Gleghorn said.

“It is just such a thrill.”