There was a flow of drink and a flood of tears, love and fond memories as Stewart and Betty McWaters celebrated their 90th birthdays surrounded by family at Ceduna Foreshore Hotel late last month.
Family members came together in Ceduna from Adelaide, Truro, Canberra and Darwin to be the centre of a huge surprise for the celebrating couple.
Present at the party were three of their four children, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, accompanied by partners and friends.
Mr and Mrs McWaters were born less than two months apart in 1927 and were married at the Gartrell Memorial Church in Rose Park, Adelaide in 1948.
The couple has another milestone on the horizon as they look forward to celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary next year.
They moved to Ceduna from Adelaide in 2004 to join their Ceduna-based family and continue their retirement.
Mr McWaters had been heavily involved in the Gilles Plains and Hampstead RSL sub-branch in Adelaide and reprised his role as the secretary of the Ceduna RSL sub-branch.
He also volunteers his time at the Ceduna National Trust Museum.
Mrs McWaters formerly worked as a volunteer at the Ceduna Area School Community Library.
She also enjoys attending crochet club and playing cards on Wednesdays, and is a dress and costume maker of local repute.
The pair were thankful for everybody attending the celebration.
“To see our 11 great grandchildren, eight grandchildren and their husbands, fiances and partners and three of their four children together in one room in Ceduna, the little ones playing together and the adults chatting and laughing together even though they don’t see each other very often, it was magic, my dream come true,” Mrs McWaters said.
“Thank you for coming so far, from Darwin, Canberra, Athelstone, Truro and other suburbs of Adelaide.
“Thank you Ceduna grandchildren for organising such a wonderful night, and Lance and Irene McWaters for the wonderful open house on Saturday which gave them all another wonderful day.”