A movie at the local picture theatre in the late 1950s brought together Jack and Claudette McMillan who now celebrate 57 years of wedded bliss on Sunday, April 15.
John (Jack) Stirling McMillan and Claudette Rosalie Cooper were both living in Mulwala when they each attended the Yarrawonga Town Hall Picture Theatre with friends where they laid eyes on each other and the spark was ignited.
Jack worked a mail run in the local area while Claudette worked at a local haberdashery shop in Yarrawonga where the Commonwealth Bank now is.
After a couple years of courtship the couple were married at St Cuthberts Anglican Church in Yarrawonga on April 15, 1961.
They have lived in Yarrawonga Mulwala all their married life where they also raised their four children- Deidre Poll, Ross, Janis and Rod McMillan and in 1990 the couple started the pot-et-fleur garden centre where they worked together until they retired.
When asked what the key to a happy and long marriage is both agreed that strong family bonds help with the ups and downs as well as loving and looking after each other.
The couple’s daughter, Deidre said she was proud of her parents achievement and that she had a message for her parents from the whole family.
“Happy 57th anniversary from your loving family. We all love you both and hope to many more anniversaries to come.”