61 one years celebrated with “I do”, again.

John and Jacqueline Lauder celebrated their love with a marriage renewal after 61 years together.

Liam McNally

A Melton-South couple, married for 61 years celebrated the week of valentines day by re-declaring their love at a Melton-South residential aged care facility.

John and Jacqueline Lauder met 71 years ago learning to tap dance when they were just five and three years old.

Their mothers became friends, and so the two grew up close, eventually beginning to date at ages 17 and 15.

John eventually proposed to Jacqui and on John’s 21st birthday, they announced their engagement to their family and friends.

They got married the year after on 25th November 1961.

More than 60 years later, they have two children, a son and daughter, 6 grandchildren and a step grandchild, and one great grandchild with another on the way.

Mrs Lauder said their re-marriage event on February 17 was “lovely”.

Estia Health in Melton South was decorated red and white, including the staff, and speeches were given before the couple said “I do” for the second time.

“It was surprising how many of the staff and residents were there…they’re still talking about it,” Ms Lauder said.

“It was very sweet.”

Their longevity is no easy feat, on their 60th anniversary their effort was even recognised with a letter from the queen.

The secret ingredients to their longevity, according to the couple, have been being the best friends, true honesty, a great sense of humour, and consideration for each other.