Gympie couple Bob and Bessie McClay recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by family. The couple is pictured with a photo of the Queen, who wrote to them wishing them well on their special day.
Gympie couple Bob and Bessie McClay recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by family. The couple is pictured with a photo of the Queen, who wrote to them wishing them well on their special day. Contributed

60 years of marital bliss

GYMPIE woman Bessie McClay took matters into her own hands when deciding a big celebration for her 60th wedding anniversary was in order.

Bessie decided her big milestone with husband Bob would make an ideal opportunity for a big family reunion.

"I organised my nieces and nephews in every state of Australia to come together with their families for the first time in a long while," Bessie said.

The family of 74 gathered early last month at Twin Waters' Pacific Paradise Bowls Club and countless trips were taken down memory lane.

Bessie was moved by a touching DVD of photos displayed on the venue's big screen.

"It was just wonderful and my nieces did such a terrific job with it," she said.

Another surprise for the couple was a niece had prepared a family history dating back to the 1700s.

"That was really lovely," Bessie said.

"We learnt so much and it was a big job to put together."

Bob and Bessie first met while living in New South Wales. Bob's sister had invited Bessie home for the weekend and it was there the couple fell in love.

Bessie said her first impression of Bob was that he was "handsome".

"I played hard to get for a while but Bob made the first move," she laughed.

"I just thought he was very nice."

The couple married in Kerang, Victoria on April 10, 1954 and now live in Gympie.

Gympie Times


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