Upon meeting Dubbo's Margaret and Norman Kelly you understand just how true the saying 'family means everything' is.
The long-time Dubbo residents celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on Sunday, February 24, surrounded by 60 of their family and friends.
Margaret, 87 and Norman, 91 first met in Gilgandra when he was working for her father and were married at Dubbo's Church of England on February 26, 1949.
"When we first started going together, if we went to something and Mum and Dad went off to something, we weren't allowed to go in the house until he (Dad) got home, we had to sit in the gutter or on the verandah and wait for them to come home," Margaret laughed.
Norman said Margaret is "lovely" and described himself as "the luckiest truck driver."
"I wouldn't trade her in for all of the world," he said of his wife.
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"We've been the luckiest couple, we've got the best family in the world. They are good to us, they never leave us," Margaret added. "They are wonderful."
Margaret and Norman have seven children, Bill, Dianne, Ray (dec), Elizabeth, Michael, Mary and Jim and a total of 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with three more on the way!
While Margaret raised the children, worked at the local schools and for the Macquarie Raisers, Norm worked as a truck driver, a job he did for about 30 years.
"We squeezed an odd holiday in between," Norm said of the family vacations which included trips to Sydney.
"We had a busy little life and everywhere the kids went, I went," Margaret added.
One of the things Margaret most loves about Norman is the way he looks after his family.
"We've had a really good life, we've been very lucky," she said.
The adoring couple know how to make a marriage work and had some wise advice for local lovebirds.
"Don't start a fight over some fiddly, little thing. You're best to just close the book and walk away," Norman said.
"What you've got, be grateful for," Margaret added.