April 23 marks a very special occasion for Raymond and Edith Cavanagh, more commonly known as Chum and Edith.
They will celebrate their diamond anniversary - 70 years of marriage. They were married at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Taree in 1949.
Both Chum and Edith have lived all their lives in the Taree area. The pair met as teenagers at the now extinct Belmore Dance Hall, Taree.
They lived at Mitchells Island and Cundletown before retiring to Taree 28 years ago.
Chum is currently a resident at Storm Village, Taree while Edith still lives at home and plays lawn bowls, knits blanket squares for charity, does her own gardening and maintains the family home. Both were actively involved as volunteers for Meals on Wheels for many years.
Their secret to long-lasting love is spending time with each other says Chum.
They have four children, Peter, Myree, Margaret and Anthony, nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Their extended family are scattered across Australia, from Perth, the Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney, the Hunter Region and Taree.
The family will gather to celebrate the occasion with a luncheon at a local venue.