Special couple are celebrating 70th milestone

LOCAL legends in the scouting and guiding movements, Kingsgrove’s Colin and Gwen Platt are celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary today.

Married in All Souls Church Leichhardt on March 13, 1954, after meeting at a Petersham Town Hall dance, they built their home at Kingsgrove in 1957 and have lived there ever since.
Raising Vicki, Cher and Ian, who were followed by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, they both turn 94 this year but are happily independent, still attending scouting and guiding functions and acting as mentors with Mr Platt also a leader trainer.
He spent his working life as an electrical engineer for AWA, lectured at the Marconi School of Wireless and still teaches silver jewellery-making at the Western Suburbs Lapidary Club, while Mrs Platt worked at Sydney Credit Union and was a Knitwit sewing enthusiast.
They were founding members of The Lantern Club in Roselands in 2012 which followed Mr Platt receiving an Order of Australia (OAM) for services to scouting in 1993.
Avid adventurers who love camping, the couple have travelled all over Australia, the UK (where their son and four grandchildren live) and Europe.
Also enjoying theatre, they are very sociable with a wide network of friends and still like to uphold the scouting theme of doing something nice for someone everyday.
Daughter Cher says they are devoted to each other and always put the other first.
“Theirs is definitely a love story and they are the most loving parents who taught us to be responsible adults but encouraged our individuality,” she said.
“Dad’s advice for a long and happy marriage is ‘happy wife, happy life’; we are as proud of them as they are of us, they’re such a special couple.”