Local couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

Ken and Barbara Bowden have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the Royal Family Hotel.

70 years: Married couple Ken and Barbara Bowden with granddaughter Meegan Semple, daughter Helen Beaton and their bridesmaid Hazel Hanks (Jones).

70 years: Married couple Ken and Barbara Bowden with granddaughter Meegan Semple, daughter Helen Beaton and their bridesmaid Hazel Hanks (Jones).

Wedding in 1948, the couple who have lived in Goolwa for 30 years enjoyed their honeymoon at the Royal Family Hotel in Port Elliot where they have returned for lunch every year for their anniversaries. 

Ken who is 95 at the end of the month served in World War 2 before working in a bank while Barbara, 90, worked as a nurse alongside their bridesmaid Hazel Hanks (pictured). 

Despite their busy lives the couple have stuck it out through thick and thin, never having been apart for more than three days according to Barbara.

Barbara said that reaching the impressive milestone was as simple as keeping together, looking after each other.

Smiles: Ken and Barbara (sitting) with their bridesmaid Hazel Hanks.

Smiles: Ken and Barbara (sitting) with their bridesmaid Hazel Hanks.