Di­a­mond cel­e­bra­tions

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News -

Two of Rock­ing­ham’s most well-re­spected and loved se­niors wel­comed a huge mile­stone last week, with Cooloongup’s Peter and Kath­leen Knowles cel­e­brat­ing their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary last Thurs­day.

Mr and Mrs Knowles, who have both been in­volved with sev­eral com­mu­nity groups over the years in­clud­ing the Au­tumn Cen­tre’s much loved Rock­ing­ham Play­backs, took the Tele­graph on a fond walk down mem­ory lane as they pre­pared for their 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The cou­ple, who are both orig­i­nally from the UK, met at a Royal Air Force dance in War­ring­ton in rather hi­lar­i­ous cir­cum­stances.

Mr Knowles, who had been posted to Padgate in War­ring­ton after re­turn­ing from three years ser­vice with the RAF in Ger­many, never in­tended to bother go­ing to the dance where he would meet his fu­ture wife, but did so at the urg­ing of a friend.

“We went to the dance and my friend said to me ‘there are two girls over there; which one do you fancy?’ I said ‘None of them!’,” Mr Knowles joked.

“I took a penny out and tossed it and here we are 60 years later . . . lucky penny.”

Mrs Knowles said she wouldn’t change a thing.

“I wouldn’t change him for all the tea and china in the world,” she said.

They later wed in the English town be­tween Manch­ester and Liver­pool where they met, be­fore hon­ey­moon­ing in the Isle of Mann shortly af­ter­wards, mak­ing their big move half­way across the world 15 years later.

“There was a group of six of us that used to go out ev­ery week­end and have a drink and go the cine­mas — I just said one day ‘Why don’t we all go to Aus­tralia?’,” Mr Knowles said. “

We all ap­plied and we were the only two that got through.We came and we’ve never re­gret­ted it. “

Since mov­ing to Perth in 1972 with four chil­dren and $500 in their pock­ets, the Knowles pair have forged a life for them­selves and their fam­ily, which has grown to in­clude 11 grand­chil­dren and 12 great-grand­chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Kath­leen and Peter Knowles have cel­e­brated their di­a­mond 60th an­niver­sary.

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