Active Bundaberg Region community members Alan and Margaret Vinegrad will celebrate 70 years of love and wedded bliss on Thursday 31 August.
Originally from Ballarat, Alan and Margaret met after being introduced by a family friend.
The rest is history as the two went on to get married and raise a son and daughter.
“The early years were a bit of a struggle trying to establish ourselves,” Alan said.
“We worked hard to pay off our first house and raise our family.”
Alan was employed as the regional sales manager for an electricity supply company.
A chance set of circumstances led the couple move to the Bundaberg Region.
Margaret visited the region to help their daughter look after her young family and business after their son-in-law was in an accident.
Enjoying her stay, it was then that Margaret and Alan decided to make the move and retire to Bundaberg.
That was 35 years ago and they haven’t looked back.
Alan said they really enjoyed living in Bundaberg and had made many good friends.
“The weather is great and the people are friendly and laidback,” he said.
Alan and Margaret’s family has grown to include two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The Vinegrads have become part of the community and are involved with many local clubs.
Margaret is a past president of the Burnett Ladies Bowls Club, with Alan holding the position of secretary at the club for 11 years.
Alan is a Burnett Bowls club life member and still enjoys playing competitive bowls.
Both Alan and Margaret are active members of the Bundaberg Bridge Club.
They are also long serving active members of the Bundaberg Prostate Cancer Support Group.
When asked about the secret to reaching the incredible milestone, Alan said they both maintained a young outlook on life.
“It has gone very quickly,” he said.
“I never thought we’d get to celebrate our 70th anniversary.”