Smithfield couple's 60 years of wedded bliss

 Teresa and Anthony Dimech celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 3.
Teresa and Anthony Dimech celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on July 3.

Ahead of their diamond wedding anniversary on July 3, Smithfield couple Anthony and Teresa Dimech said the secret to their 60 years of successful marriage was actually not a secret at all.

"We love each other," Teresa, 86, said. "And say yes to everything."

Anthony, 81, said the key to their longevity revolved around one key principle.

"If you start arguing, you need to walk away and then you need to forget about it and kiss each other," he said.

Teresa and Anthony Dimech on their wedding day.

Teresa and Anthony Dimech on their wedding day.

Teresa - a dressmaker - and Anthony - a handyman - met in Malta at a local parish festa and in 1960 got married and moved to Australia.

They have three children, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren (with another on the way) and up until the coronavirus pandemic would attend St Gertrude's Parish every week and play bingo at least 2-3 times a week.

Diamond wedding anniversary: Teresa and Anthony Dimech.

Diamond wedding anniversary: Teresa and Anthony Dimech.

Teresa is known for her famous lamingtons and Maltese almond biscuits, while you can count on Anthony to tell a joke and make people laugh. The pair have even mastered video chatting to stay in contact with their family during COVID-19 restrictions.

They are celebrating their milestone with a blessing/ceremony at St Gertrude's Parish on July 4 followed by a family dinner.