NAROOMA’S Dennis Allnutt and his lovely bride Marg renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends at the Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club on Saturday.
Dennis and Marg, nee Nicholls, were married at Box Hill, Melbourne on New Year’s Eve, December 31.
They couple knew each other as children back in Hampton, Melbourne when they were 10 or 11 years old.
Dennis then joined the Navy and they remained boyfriend and girlfriend for a several years before their lives took separate paths with both meeting their respective spouses.
They stayed in touch over the years and both in their 70s they say it is never too late to find romance.
Then Marg’s husband Laurie died in 1988 and Dennis’s wife Judy died in 2006, both of whom died after long illnesses.
Dennis came to Melbourne in the years subsequent to visit Marg and they rekindled their relationship, even travelling overseas going on cruises and to Europe, USA, South America and New Zealand.
“Over the years things grew and it is much easier to marry someone that you know,” Marg said.
“We hope to do more travelling and head back overseas and not just back and forth to Melbourne now that we are married.”
Marg joked that Dennis was on first name terms with all the V-line bus drivers because he travelled down so much to visit her in recent years.
The couple have the luxury of being able to divide their time between Melbourne and Narooma, as Marg still has commitment as a wedding celebrant herself.
They do hope to spend more time in Narooma though as Marg says the town is lovely.
The renewal ceremony on Saturday was conducted by the Rev. Carol Wagner with a range of friends doing readings with lots of other friends in attendance.
“The day really was special and a great way to meet everyone in this fabulous community who all wanted to know when I was going to move here permanently,” she said.
The couple thanks the Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club for being wonderful hosts with fantastic spread put on by Bill Taylor from The Inlet, including huge amounts of beautiful, fresh seafood that really impressed all the visitors.
The unique and totally originally wedding rings were designed by third-year apprentice at Georgies Fine Jewellery, Jyothi Forman, who was recently named the 2014 WorldSkills Australia National Champion for Jewellery.