Celebrating in the nick of time

Norm and Joan Way celebrating 65 years of marriage and Norm's 90th birthday.

by Jed Lanyon

Longtime Warburton residents Norm and Joan Way celebrated their 65th anniversary recently.

The celebrations coupled with Norm’s 90th birthday and other family milestones that were missed during the lockdowns of last year.

The event proved timely coming just days before the latest Covid-19 lockdown which meant many of the couple’s family members had to scramble to get back home, in some cases travelling to New South Wales and to Tasmania.

“It really was a wonderful celebration,” Joan said.

Daughter Linda Black organised the event, which saw over 50 family members and friends reunite for the first time in years.

“It was super special, and great that mum’s bridesmaid came all the way from Coonabarabran in New South Wales,” she said. “This is too big of a milestone to miss out on.”

The happy couple shared the secret to their successful marriage.

“Working together, that’s the most important thing. If you don’t do that, you’re in trouble,” Joan said.

The pair are soon looking forward to moving into the new AdventCare retirement units located in Warburton.

The development came as the perfect opportunity to downsize from their one acre property as the couple did not want to relocate away from Warburton, where they have spent most of their lives together.