Cessnock couple Bill and Margaret Firth celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

SO MUCH LOVE: Cessnock couple Margaret and Bill Firth will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on February 20. Picture: Krystal Sellars
SO MUCH LOVE: Cessnock couple Margaret and Bill Firth will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on February 20. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Their relationship blossomed over a shared love of music, and to this day, Margaret and Bill Firth still enjoy singing a tune or two together.

The Cessnock couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Mr and Mrs Firth were married at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Cessnock on February 20, 1960 - which they recalled as a "beautiful day".

The pair grew up in Cessnock, and met as children, but reconnected later in life as members of the Cessnock Independent Players theatre company, which put on regular shows at the town hall.

Their wedding reception was also held at the town hall, and Mrs Firth performed It Is My Lovely Day, a song she still remembers off by heart.

A carpenter by trade, Mr Firth built their home on Allandale Road, where they lived for most of their marriage, until moving into Jacaranda Grove aged care facility about three years ago.

Mr and Mrs Firth have two sons (John and Michael), four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, and say "family is everything" to them.

They have also been involved in many community organisations over the years.

Mr Firth received the Order of Australia Medal for his service to St John Ambulance, having taught first aid courses to about 10,000 people. He was also a foundation member of Cessnock Men's Probus Club and a member of Cessnock RSL Sub-branch.

Mrs Firth was a member of the Country Women's Association for more than 50 years, including 14 years as president of the Cessnock day branch.

They will celebrate their anniversary with family on Thursday.

SO MUCH LOVE: Cessnock couple Margaret and Bill Firth will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on February 20. Picture: Krystal Sellars

SO MUCH LOVE: Cessnock couple Margaret and Bill Firth will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on February 20. Picture: Krystal Sellars

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