HOPE YOU all survived the Easter weekend and many of us will now be looking forward to following the Commonwealth Games that opens today on the Gold Coast. And believe many of you like me really appreciated the end of the dreaded Daylight Saving nonsense on Sunday. Anybody share my dislike of the fooling around with clocks, watches, timetables etc, etc and for what?!
WEDDING BELLS are ringing for Alyson Tagg younger daughter of former Ryde mayor and Eastwood Chamber of Commerce president Vic Tagg and Mrs Sue Tagg of Gladesville.
Alyson will wed Matthew Voget this Friday afternoon at Sublime Point lookout with sister Kate as chief bridesmaid and former SCEGGS school friend Rebecca Womersley as bridesmaid.
They plan to live in the Wollongong area.
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IAN HARDWICK heads this week’s Birthday Honours List with a sixty-niner on Saturday celebrating with his lovely child bride Kerry with whom he’ll share 44 years wedded bliss on Friday with family and friends including children Katie, Tracey and Mark.
Ian has been very active in community life with the Uniting Church and the Liberal Party where he has served as campaign director for two State Members of Parliament, Ivan
Petch when MP for Gladesville and Anthony Roberts MP for Lane Cove.
Ian has played Santa Claus for many local community and charitable organisations and was a popular Santa in the days when Maria Venuti AM was Mama Claus in the TWT-sponsored Gladesville Christmas Festival parades and fairs and Ray Wilson OAM was president of Gladesville Chamber of Commerce.
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ALI CHAN of the former Eastwood Shopping Centre clan prior to sale to the Yuhu Group earns his OBE* today (*Over Bloody Eighty) while Dennis and Carol Leach celebrate 31 years wedded bliss and JB’s old Scouting mate from Ryde days Keith “Goanna” Gardner formerly from Inverell and now Macksville celebrates 59 years wedded bliss with his lovely Leonie.
Joseph Elias of Carlingford turns 55 tomorrow while Meg Ann Brand, daughter of Stuart Brand turns eight and Vibeke Jorgenson celebrates in Denmark.
Meanwhile back closer to home Rev Dr Paul David Dale senior minister at thriving Church By the bridge Kirribilli and Neutral Bay celebrates with his better half Rachel and four sons.
Pat King of North Ryde and widow of Gil celebrates 92 on Friday with Daniel Peacock of Eastwood and Karen Bihary better half of Josh Bihary formerly of John Alexander’s office.
Wally Harrison formerly of Ryde Council notches up 84 on Saturday same day as Ian Hardwick.
Jenny Noble celebrates on Sunday same day as Carol Tan parties with her hubby Sim Tan in Eastwood and JB niece Amber Booth Sahota Singh youngest daughter of JB’s twin brother Dr Peter Arthur and Maggie Booth celebrate in London with her hubby Jatsinder and kinders Oscar, Luca and Scarlet.
Sharon Berther the talented musical daughter of Noelene Berther Gorman celebrates Monday with brothers Russell and Jason and families on Monday same day as Catherine Joan Beaton Russell daughter of Anthony Bro Beaton and Gill formerly of Ryde and now Bomadery.
Maureen Devereaux widow of late Rick Devereaux and sister of JB sister-in-law Margaret Barnier Booth celebrates on Tuesday with family and friends including daughter Susie who was flower girl at JB twin Peter and Margaret’s wedding in St Phillips Church Eastwood many moons ago.
Elinor Higgins better half of John also celebrates Tuesday as does Ruth Bouckley while it’s a day for wedding anniversary celebrations led by Sylvia and Tony Abboud 35 years and Nora and Artin Etmekdjian 19 years.
Anne Bryce CEO of Achieve Australia Foundation and Nathan Vincin former manager of Top Ryde Shopping Centre both celebrate birthdays next Wednesday. Happy daze all.
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BUMPER STICKER: I’ve had bad luck with both my wives – the first one left me and the second one won’t.
– JOHN F BOOTH