Couple reaches diamond anniversary

ONE of Coffs Harbour’s best-known couples, Neville and Peg Alcott, are celebrating six decades of married life today.

The returned World War II soldier, watchmaker and jeweller, married the pretty nurse at Coffs Harbour’s Anglican Church on March 4, 1950, and the couple have been an important part of Coffs Harbour’s business and community scene for more than half a century.

The ‘best mates’ who met on a blind date have seen Coffs Harbour grow from ‘a very small town’ to a major regional city.

Neville ‘Curly’ Alcott managed Cunningham’s Electrical Store and worked as a watchmaker at night before opening his own watch and jewellery shop in 1950, which expanded to become a major business employing 25 people and saw him become a director of Hourglass Jewellers.

Peg learned watchmaking and worked alongside her husband as well as joining him in working on service club projects like tree planting and construction of picnic areas, as well as enjoying sports from snow and water skiing to tennis.

The couple are still involved in local business and leisure projects.

Mr and Mrs Alcott are planning a quiet day today in preparation for a weekend family celebration.



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