Smiths come full cir­cle

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REG­U­LAR sling off matches is the glue that has kept Lor­raine and David Smith to­gether.

On Thurs­day, April 13 the cou­ple cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Meet­ing at the Tro­cadero Dance Hall, Rockingham Beach Road (it was de­mol­ished in 2009) on Easter Satur­day the cou­ple spent a me­morable Easter pe­riod to­gether.

“The next day we went to the Mid­night Dances in Mandurah and our first date was on April Fool’s Day,” said Lor­raine.

“It was on the Mon­day after the Mandurah Dance. I said yes but the trou­ble was he ex­pected me to pack the pic­nic!”

Grin­ning, David in­ter­jected. “It’s all lies,” he said.

The cou­ple mar­ried one year and 12 days after they first met.

“My father gave us the choice of a large wed­ding or a small wed­ding and money. So we took the lat­ter,” she said.

“We bor­rowed my dad’s car and headed up to the Nar­ro­gin Inn. David said it would be a nice quiet place to go. But when we got there the place was full and loud as they were cel­e­brat­ing the inn’s 100th birth­day.

“David stuck his head in the pub and ev­ery­one knew him.”

Per­haps it was David’s re­frig­er­a­tion work at the Swan Brew­ery that gained him his no­to­ri­ety. “Ev­ery­one knew Smithy,” she said.

“As ev­ery­one knew we had been mar­ried that day some of them stood out the front and be­gan play­ing the bag­pipes and drums.”

Danc­ing be­came a pop­u­lar so­cial out­ing for the pair who would go with a big group of friends to the Pagoda Ball­room in Como.

“The guys made a deal that they would only go to the Pagoda if they could take a five gal­lon keg with them – and yes they would drink the whole thing in a night,” she said.

The cou­ple be­lieve work­ing to­gether and laugh­ing has kept them to­gether.

“We have had a pretty full-on life – yes, we have had some fun,” said David.

Lor­raine agreed. “Through the years we have laughed a lot, fought a lot and have had days where we didn’t talk to each other,” she said. “That’s pos­si­bly be­cause he can’t hear me any­more – yes it’s been de­light­ful. If you can’t have a laugh and can’t sling off at each other you won’t sur­vive.”

They have three sons John, Bruce, Ron­ald and Ian, who un­for­tu­nately died sev­eral hours after birth.

They have one grand­son, Matthew, and three grand­daugh­ters – Tayla, El­yse and Daniela.

The cou­ple cel­e­brated their an­niver­sary at the Nar­ro­gin Inn on Thurs­day. d468027

David and Lor­raine Smith re­cently cel­e­brated their di­a­mond an­niver­sary.

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