Sparkling celebration for couple

Audrey and Ken Duperouzel of Canning Vale, who will celebrate their 60th anniversary on September 14, 2013.  Seen here with their letter from the Queen.
Audrey and Ken Duperouzel of Canning Vale, who will celebrate their 60th anniversary on September 14, 2013. Seen here with their letter from the Queen.

Mr Duperouzel said the couple met while working at a factory in Bathurst NSW in 1952 and married in WA on September 14, 1954.

Mr Duperouzel said he ended up in NSW after he and a friend rode their motorcycles across the arbor to SA and he later competed in races at Mt Panorama.

Mr and Mrs Duperouzel (both 84) said they thought their 60th anniversary was an ‘OK’ achievement.

‘When I made my vows I was prepared to keep them,’ Mrs Duperouzel said.

‘We have had 60 years of loving, happy partnership.’

Mrs Duperouzel said their daughter applied for the letter from the Queen, as they would not have done it themselves.

‘We married for better or for worse and we have done that,’ Mrs Duperouzel said. ‘We still love each other and all that jazz.’

The couple have lived in Canning Vale for 12 years.

Mrs Duperouzel said there was no secret to the couple’s enduring partnership.

‘We always talked things over and never kept anything hidden,’ she said.

‘Not that it has always been easy, but we are inseparable.’

‘It’s hard to put 60 years onto paper,’ Mrs Duperouzel said.

‘We have had our highs and our lows.

‘He has been well looked after and so have I.’

The couple said they have four children, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

They also received letters of congratulations from Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott and WA Premier Colin Barnett.

Mr and Mrs Duperouzel celebrated their anniversary with 50 guests at the Willow Pond Reception Centre in Canning Vale and arrived in a 1931 Ford stretch limo.