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70 reasons to celebrate

Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village residents Elsie and Sid Portlock were born just one month apart in the same hospital in 1927, but it would be 15 years before their paths would cross again.

Elsie and Sid Portlock

Village Manager Lucy Mulvany said a 70th wedding anniversary is a rare and amazing achievement and the Tea Tree Gardens community were privileged to be able to help celebrate the milestone.

“Elsie and Sid are gracious and kind and both of them are still very involved in village life.”

To mark Elsie and Sid’s platinum anniversary in September, their devoted family gathered together to celebrate in Hope Valley.

The Portlock family

“We feel very blessed to have such a loving family and wonderful friends,” Elsie said.

The pair met at the cinema in Adelaide in 1942 and were married four years later.

“We had three sons and now we have five grandchildren and six lovely great-grandchildren,” Elsie said.

Elsie and Sid moved into Tea Tree Gardens almost 27 years ago and said they have been extremely happy ever since.

“Our neighbours are friendly and helpful, the staff are very efficient and holidays are hassle-free,” Sid said.

In the 1980s, Elsie and Sid travelled around Australia with a caravan for more than two years and still keep in contact with the wonderful people they met along the way.

“Some of the happiest years of our lives were spent caravanning,” Sid said.

The pair have also enjoyed holidaying on the Gold Coast with friends who live in Tea Tree Gardens.

“We’ve made a lot of good friends since moving into the village – it’s very good here,” Sid said.

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