21,900 diamond days of wedded bliss

WEDDING BELLS: Brian and Beth Kuchel with their wedding party 60 years ago. They celebrated their diamond anniversary with some of the same friends at the weekend.

WEDDING BELLS: Brian and Beth Kuchel with their wedding party 60 years ago. They celebrated their diamond anniversary with some of the same friends at the weekend.

DIAMONDS might be a girl’s best friend, but for Horsham’s Beth Kuchel, they don’t shine nearly as brightly as her husband Brian Kuchel. 

The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on Saturday, marking 60 years together as husband and wife. 

The pair enjoyed the occasion with family and friends at the Old Horsham Restaurant on Saturday night.

Florence Elizabeth Crouch of Kaniva, known as Beth was born on February 20 1937 while Brian Kuchel was born on July 3 1934.

The two young lovebirds were married in the Kaniva Church of Christ on March 9 1957.

Together they had four beautiful daughters Julie, Karen, Lisa and Fiona, eight grandchildren Amalia, Karly, Bonnie, Sam, Gus, Darcy, Macy and Shallan, and two great grandsons Tylon and Brodie.

Beth and Brian Kuchel

Beth and Brian Kuchel

At Saturday’s celebration they marked the occasion alongside many people who were there on their wedding day 60 years ago including Beth’s bridesmaid Gwenneth Williams, flowergirl Lorraine and groomsman Clive Crouch.

Brian’s best man, his brother Alan, sadly passed away a few years ago. Beth’s brother Mr Crouch congratulated the pair on their great achievement. 

“Congratulations to a wonderful couple, who have given so much to their community,” he said. “May they enjoy many more happy years together.”

After they were wed Beth and Brian lived at Brains’s parents property Leeor View west of Kaniva, and when Brain’s parents retired he took over the farm.

When they decided to leave, Brian qualified as an ambulance driver and they moved to Horsham in 1976. Brian worked his way up the hierarchy to become station controller at the Horsham Ambulance Station.

After retiring from the ambulance service, Brian devoted himself to community activities, as a member of the Lions Club, the Horsham Bowling Club where he acted as president from 1994 to 1996.  He was also involved with the Horsham RSL and Haven Recreation Reserve committee.

Beth volunteered with the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind for 20 years and was a member of the CWA for 30 years, she is currently president of May Branch.

Beth was also organist at the Horsham Church of Christ and a judge of the craft exhibits on the Wimmera Show circuit.

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