Love strong for gem of a couple

June and Lang Pope are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Emma Reeves
June and Lang Pope are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Emma Reeves

Pottering at home, impromptu drives and time with their three children, seven grandchildren and great-granddaughter keep them busy.

‘Lang enjoys the garden, I sew or knit and our family are always coming in and out,’ June said.

Dressmaker June met butcher Lang at a dance in Northbridge and, after a seven-month courtship, they married on March 27, 1954.

Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Perth that day and the couple recall worrying about getting through security for their photographs.

They bought their first home in Nollamara in 1958, raising son Langley junior and daughters Sharon and Babette.

Lang managed Sedgman’s Meats in Nedlands for 14 years before running his own business in Wright Street, Carlisle.

The couple volunteered with Wembley Blue Light Disco for a couple of years, running a lolly and hot-dog stall.

‘We loved it and the contact with the kids,’ June said.

With June turning 80 this year, Lang hitting 86 and two family members celebrating 50th birthdays, 2014 promises to be a busy year.

They celebrated their anniversary with a restaurant meal.

And the secret of a long and happy marriage? ‘Don’t go to bed on angry words and always let your wife have the last say,’ Lang said.