That dream came true on Sunday, May 5, when their four children, 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren helped them celebrate with friends and neighbours at Banksia Grove Community Centre.
The UK-born couple met as teenagers in Canterbury, Kent through friends. They married on May 6, 1963 when Peter was 19 and his bride was 17.
After serving overseas with the British Army, Peter was a bus driver and scaffolder. Glenda worked in a grocery shop until their children were born.
The family moved to WA in 1981 where Peter returned to scaffolding and then irrigation work before retiring.
The couple enjoys socialising with family and their close-knit group of neighbours. Glenda belongs to the local Groovy Grannies group.
And the secret of a long and happy marriage?
‘Taking our marriage vows seriously, not making things ‘about me,’ not having secrets, agreeing to disagree and respecting the other’s point of view,’ Glenda said.