Peachester couple celebrate platinum anniversary

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

Pam and John Innes of Peachester recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at a special family weekend event that had four generations of family members in attendance. To mark this momentous milestone, congratulatory messages and cards were received from the Governor-General, the Premier, Governor of Queensland, local MP and even a personalised card from the U.K. with sincere congratulations and best wishes from Her Majesty the Queen!

The well-known local couple who celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on May 3, have remained active members of several community groups; including the Peachester District Horticultural Society, the Peachester History Committee, the Anglican Church, and the school chaplaincy committee. Long-term local readers may also recall that Pam and John were previous owners of Glasshouse Country News which they ran from the late 1980’s until 2004.

Pam and John moved to the area 40 years ago, and along with their considerable involvement in local community groups, have also enjoyed beekeeping, macadamia nut farming and a keen interest in orchids.

Pam and John were married in St Francis Anglican Church at Nundah Brisbane, and initially moved to a house in Zillmere built by John and Pam’s two brothers.

Here the couple raised their four children before relocating to Beerwah in the early 1980s. Pam and John now have 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Long-term family friend Helen Page from the Peachester History Committee, said Pam and John were an absolute inspiration to those around them.

“They are a wonderful couple who have been an inspiration to many people. They have been incredibly community minded and actively involved in numerous committees over the years, and age has certainly not held them back at all!” said Helen.