Ron and Heather’s 50 reasons to smile

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MUSWELLBROOK’S Ron and Heather Boyton will celebrate five decades of wedded bliss with family and friends this weekend.

A special luncheon party is planned to mark the occasion at the Muswellbrook RSL Club on Sunday from 1pm.

The couple, who tied the knot on April 16, 1966, is well-known throughout the community, having lived in the region for just over 48 years of the 50 they’ve been married.

The Boytons’ daughter, Maree Kleidon, said the golden wedding anniversary meant a lot to their loved ones.

“My parents have travelled quite a bit in their time,” she said.

“They’ve been around Australia, to the Philippines three times, to New Zealand and to Europe.

“I believe they planned to go to Fiji this year as well.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Muswellbrook couple Ron and Heather Boyton recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

“Originally, they were going to be in Fiji for their golden wedding anniversary but decided that there was a better time of the year to go instead.

“Thankfully, this means we can celebrate with them this weekend.

“Mum’s bridesmaid is coming along, as well as one of dad’s groomsmen, which was mum’s brother.

“Unfortunately, others are unable to attend, which is sad.

“However, all of their grandchildren will be in attendance, minus one.

“It should be a great occasion.”

Mrs Kleidon said Muswellbrook was truly home for the Boytons.

“They’ve lived in town, itself, for 40 years,” she said.

“Both my parents were Cub (Boy Scout) leaders for a number of years and heavily involved with one of the local tennis clubs.

“In more recent times, they’ve volunteered at Mount Providence nursing home, driving the bus to take residents on outings, cooking at barbecues, helping with Bingo and other activities when asked.

“My mother, who was nominated for an Australia Day award, is also instrumental in the Muswellbrook Multi-Cultural Group.

“One of the biggest days of the year for my mum is always Harmony Day.

“My father is part of the local Men’s Shed.

“Over the years, there have been quite a few occasions when my dad has been called to capture and relocate a swarm of bees from a public place.

“I do believe that one of these times was from the council grounds back at their old location.

“He loves his bees and his garden.”

During the past 50 years, Mr Boyton worked at a number of jobs.

However, before they arrived in the area, he was a farmhand and drove the local school bus.

“When they moved to the Muswellbrook Shire, dad worked as a boundary rider and farmhand for the Lee Warner family at ‘Scrumlo’,” Mrs Kleidon said.

“When I was about five, he bought his father’s hobby farm, Rocky Point, situated between Aberdeen and McCully’s Gap.

“Both mum and dad worked the postal delivery from Aberdeen to Rouchel, Upper Rouchel and Scrumlo.

“I remember my father telling me about having to tackle a big black snake that came out of the Scrumlo mailbox at him.

“Interestingly, he was the one that built that same mailbox.

“He also planted the lovely row of poplar trees that grow along the creek up on the Scrumlo property.

“Both my parents also worked night shifts in the Boning Room at the Aberdeen Meat Works for a time.

“Then my father began working at the Muswellbrook District Hospital as a handyman.

“He stayed for more than a decade until he was offered a redundancy.

“After that, my father thought he might retire.

“However, a temporary groundsman position became available at Muswellbrook High School – and he ended up working there for many years.

“Not long after dad started work at the hospital, my parents sold the hobby farm and moved into the Muswellbrook township.

“We lived in a caravan and a house in Turanville Avenue while a new home was being built.

“They still live today in Brecht Street.”

During their lifetime, the Boytons have seen the introduction of black and white television, colour TV, mobile phones and home computers, to the iPad and Skype.

“They have readily embraced new technology more than a fair portion of their peers,” Mrs Kleidon said.

“I never dreamt I would see the day my father used an iPad or on Facebook, but he is.

“My mother embraced technology much earlier than my dad.

“But, the local Men’s Shed can take credit for introducing my father to the iPad.”

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Muswellbrook couple Ron and Heather Boyton recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

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