60 years mar­ried a wor­thy cel­e­bra­tion

Biggen­den cou­ple mixes love with com­mu­nity spirit

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

DED­I­CATED com­mu­nity mem­bers Ken and Eve­lyn Trig­ger, who have both pre­vi­ously been recog­nised as the town’s cit­i­zen of the year, cel­e­brate their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­day.

On Jan­uary 18 the cou­ple, who have been in­volved with Biggen­den Meals onWheels since its 1991 in­cep­tion, de­liv­ered their last meals.

Mrs Trig­ger said in those early days her sis­ter Beth Mait­land and sis­ter-in-law Geral­dine Kin­bacher worked to­gether on the same ros­ter.

“I would go off to help de­liver the meals with the al­lo­cated driver while they were left be­hind to do the wash­ing up,” she said.

The Trig­gers have lived in the dis­trict all their lives.

Mrs Trig­ger’s early years were spent at Emu Creek, where she at­tended school un­til the age of 14, while Ken was down the road at Did­cot.

They mar­ried in 1957 and moved to a Did­cot prop­erty, where they lived un­til it was sold in 1967. The cou­ple then moved into Biggen­den.

They raised five chil­dren – Julie, Tr­ish, Janet, Deb­bie and Robin – but still man­aged to find time to be in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Trig­ger has been in­volved in many lo­cal com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing the for­mer QATB (which later be­came the Am­bu­lance Com­mit­tee), the Blue Nurses Aux­il­iary, SES since the late 1970s, Meals on Wheels since it be­gan in Biggen­den, pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance with both cook­ing and de­liv­er­ing, Unit­ing Church Guild and both Li­ons and Apex.

Mr Trig­ger is one of those quiet achiev­ers and was recog­nised for his work in 1998.

He has also as­sisted many com­mu­nity ser­vices through­out his life around the dis­trict. He has al­ways been will­ing to lend a hand in any cri­sis.

Mr Trig­ger was an am­bu­lance of­fice for many years, firstly as an hon­orary bearer and then as a bearer. He was a char­ter mem­ber of the Biggen­den Li­ons Club and is a past mem­ber of the Biggen­den Apex Club. He was in the Civil De­fence be­fore it be­came SES.

Both said they had en­joyed their time vol­un­teer­ing.

“We’ve met and made lots of new friends,” Mrs Trig­ger said.

A mem­o­rable mo­ment in their lives was the day Mr Trig­ger turned 50 on De­cem­ber 22, 30 years ago.

Mrs Trig­ger said they lost the roof off theirWalsh St home when a storm ripped through the town.

In the de­struc­tion, the show hall op­po­site their house was also de­stroyed.

Mrs Trig­ger is noted for her cook­ing and has won many prizes at the Biggen­den Show and Unit­ing Church Flower Show. Christ­mas cakes and plum pud­dings are her spe­cial­ity.

Mr Trig­ger is also no slouch in the kitchen, hav­ing won prizes for his fruit cake and choco­late cake in the men’s cook­ing at the Biggen­den Show.

The cou­ple has 12 grand­chil­dren and 12 great-grand­chil­dren.

They would like to en­cour­age the younger gen­er­a­tion to take the time to vol­un­teer. Mrs Trig­ger said there may not be any mon­e­tary gain but there was lots of self-sat­is­fac­tion.

We’ve met and made lots of new friends. — Eve­lyn Trig­ger

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

THANK YOU: Cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion were pre­sented to Ken and Eve­lyn Trig­ger by Michelle Kin­bacher and Bev Geissler for their ser­vices to Biggen­den Meals on Wheels since its in­cep­tion in the early 1990s.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

Ken and Eve­lyn Trig­ger, of Biggen­den, will cel­e­brate their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­day.

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