VALENTINE'S Day was particularly special for well-known local couple Owen and Beaty Russell as it marked their 60th or Diamond wedding anniversary.
They were overjoyed to receive letters from the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Governor General, amongst others, congratulating them on the milestone.
On Saturday, they celebrated with friends and family at the Cooma Bowling Club.
They are following in the footsteps of Beaty's parents who celebrated their diamond anniversary in 1982 and believed that the secret to a happy married life was lots of give and take, taking an interest in each other's activities and plenty of communication.
Beaty and Owen had known each other for a number of years as their mothers were friends and Jean, Owen's sister, was bridesmaid for Beaty's mother.
They married on February 14, 1953 at St John's Anglican Church at Adaminaby.
Mrs Russell said the fact that the wedding fell on Valentines Day was a coincidence.
She recalls that on the big day, she was driven in her uncle's black Chevrolet, and that the bridal party was running early so had to stop along the way to the church to fill in time.
One hundred and sixty-five guests attended the wedding and the reception that was held at the School of Arts in Old Adaminaby.
The newlyweds caught a train to Sydney where they spent their honeymoon.
Over the years they have enjoyed many activities together including dancing, different sports and travelling.
They have taken pride in the achievements of their children, Derryk, Brenda and Graeme and seven grandchildren with regards to their education, work choices and sporting activities.
They have always tried to be there to help out when necessary.
Beaty and Owen have received great support and encouragement from each other and the family and have tried to do the same for them.
After all, the happiness and welfare of the family has always been their main aim.