Golden day for Norm and Jean

Norm and Jean Standage of Suffolk Park
Norm and Jean Standage of Suffolk Park

By Gary Chigwidden

Norm and Jean Standage celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at their Suffolk Park home on Saturday.

Married in the Cheam Village Anglican Church in Surrey in the UK, Norm and Jean immigrated to Australia in 1957.

They have lived in Sydney, Melbourne and Toowoomba and have three children, two sons and a daughter.

The family moved to Suffolk Park in 1983 where they built the Suffolk Park service station, selling it in 1990.

"We arrived as migrants with very little money and we just had to knuckle down to it," said Norm.

And their secret for a long and successful marriage?

Well, there really isn't one according to Norm.

"Having mutual objectives and working together to achieve them. That's what we have done," he said.

But Jean added jokingly (I think): "I would have said, 'Give your wife everything she wants and you will have no trouble' ".

To which Norm replied: "We don't always agree."

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