Friends and relatives from far and near gathered on Saturday at “Ormlie,” the residence of Mr and Mrs J Hector Smith, to pay tribute and congratulate them on the occasion of their golden wedding. Ideal weather conditions and the spacious and beautifully laid-out garden combined in making a picturesque background for a very happy and memorable occasion. Special decorations and a two-tier wedding cake were features of the afternoon, during which opportunity was taken by an old friend of the family, Mr W. G. Wood of Napier, to congratulate Mr and Mrs Hector Smith on the 50th anniversary of their wedding.
Mr W. G. Wood, the main speaker at the function, said that hopeful as the guests-of-honour were when they plighted their troth 50 years ago, they could hardly have foreseen what great happiness the future years were to bring. He said that one of the greatest blessings was a happy home. That was the mainstay of society, and fortunate indeed were the children of parents who could make and preserve such a home. That Mr and Mrs Smith had done to the full and more. By their innumerable acts of kindness and goodwill they had endeared themselves to all who had the privilege of knowing them. All were delighted to see them on this memorable day well and strong and able to take enjoyment in entertaining their friends.
A son-in-law, Mr Leslie Nelson, proposed the health of Mr and Mrs Hector Smith, both of whom made happy and appropriate replies.