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24 February 2021
Betty Peachey was travelling the state with a girlfriend when she came across a dashing young man at a dance in Horsham Town Hall.
“I came from Gippsland to Horsham by train,” she said.
“A girlfriend and I were going to travel around, but after I met Les, I only got as far as here. I just thought he was a nice little fella.”
Les and Betty Peachey celebrated 70 years of marriage on Monday.
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They married at Drouin on February 22, 1951, before making their home in Horsham.
“We lived with Les’s mother for a few years and then we moved to Elizabeth Street for 50 years,” Mrs Peachey said.
“There were no roads or anything there then.”
The couple has lived in a unit closer to Horsham’s central business district for the past decade.
They raised four children together, two boys and two girls.
“We also have 10 or 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren,” Mrs Peachey said.
She said the ‘secret’ to a long and happy marriage was ‘a lot of patience’.
“You work at it, let’s put it that way,” she said.
Mr Peachey played football for Horsham when he met his wife.
He worked for Telecom, while Mrs Peachey worked as a house maid at the Royal Hotel. Mr Peachey was also a leading greyhound trainer, with winners throughout the state.
– Sarah Matthews
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