It was the cliche of love at first sight for Tatura’s Glenda and Bruce McLeod, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend with family and friends.
Mr and Mrs McLeod, who still live in the same house built at the Hilltop Estate after their wedding, were in love from their first date at the April Fool’s dance out at Byrneside.
Mr McLeod was working in the bakery when he met his future bride, an apprentice hairdresser, when he was 19 and she was 18.
‘‘I called her the ‘skinny hairdresser’ back then,’’ Mr McLeod.
Mrs McLeod said marriage had its ups and downs but they did everything together and built their family unit in Tatura and had a lot of fun along the way.
‘‘We both have our own ways. I like to get everything done the day before the day, but we got along well together,’’ she said.
‘‘We worked hard together and at times took on second jobs to help us achieve our goals.
‘‘Tatura is a very good place and had everything when our children were growing up, especially when it came to sports, and the water wasn’t too far away for water-skiing.’’
Mrs McLeod said they married early when she was 20 after Mr McLeod was called up for compulsory service in the army.
However, he was later not accepted into service.
They married at St John’s Church in Kerang in front of more than 100 guests on a warm October day in 1967.
Mr McLeod was 16 when he bought the block of land where the family home is now for $1200 with a loan, largely thanks to counsel from his father, who talked him out of buying a boat.
‘‘I got the boat later,’’ he said.
Mr McLeod went on to enjoy a 28-year career with Tatura Milk in various roles before retirement and the couple now enjoys a much larger home following expansions during the years.
The retired couple has two children, Malcolm and Nadine, and five grandchildren, with the eldest grandchild 23 and the youngest two 14.
The gathering at home tomorrow will include family and friends, including some people from the original wedding party and guest list.
‘‘The man who built this house, close to 50 years ago, will be here to celebrate with us,’’ Mrs McLeod said.
Mrs McLeod still had parts of her wedding dress that she made into a tennis outfit and Mr McLeod still had his tie and shoes from the day, but what was important was celebrating with family and friends.