Camden couple celebrates 70 years of wedded bliss

Ken and Alice Barrett
Ken and Alice Barrett

Not many couples get to celebrate a 70th wedding anniversary these days but Ken and Alice Barrett are showing people how its done.

The popular Camden locals celebrated the milestone alongside family and friends at Camden Golf Club at the weekend.

Their eldest daughter Glenda Chalker said not much was known about the early days of her parent's courtship.

"I only know that they met when Mum was working at the Capitol Cafe in Camden," she said.

"I think Dad pretty much made sure it was the place to go to get his lunch - but maybe dad will tell us some of that story later."

The happy couple were married on February 18, 1950 at St Paul's Church in Camden.

They moved into a house in Camden and continued to raise their five children - Glenda, Bruce, Maureen, Catherine and Diane - there until the family outgrew the small home.

"It was at that time that Camden was having it's first real growth spurt with a new development in Pindari Avenue," Ms Chalker said.

"So Mum and Dad bought a block of land and had the house built by Uncle Ernie Howlett and his dad.

"We moved into the house just after I started high school in 1963 - 57 years later mum and dad still live at their house on Pindari Avenue."

Mrs Barrett worked at the Camden Valley in and the Shell petrol station in Camden South while Mr Barrett continued to work at Southwells in Camden until his retirement.

Four the Barrett's five children also married at St Paul's Church and soon added 13 grandchildren to the family between them.

The Barrett's are also great grandparents to 23 great grandchildren.

"One great grand daughter, so far, has two daughters of her own - so we had five generations of first-born women there on the day," Ms Chalker said.

"Not many people get to spend their lives together for so long and to have five generations of their family here to celebrate this momentous occasion with them."

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