Hibiscus Coast village residents Kathy and Tony Farr had planned to shout drinks at the village bar and enjoy lunch at a restaurant with family (including some who live in Christchurch) for their 60th wedding anniversary.
When lockdown was announced, Kathy says they wondered what they were going to do instead.
Aware of the anniversary on September 2, the village managers hatched a plan and created a wedding arch outside the office. They also gave them a bouquet of flowers picked from the village gardens, and a bottle of bubbly.
Kathy says they knew something was up, but it was a lovely surprise.
The couple’s family also organised a Zoom meeting on the day.
Tony and Kathy met at a New Year’s Eve dance in Preston, Lancashire, which is their hometown and where they were married.
Before moving into the village five years ago, they lived in Stanmore Bay.
Although the family lunch and bar shout have been deferred, they are still definitely on the list once lockdown ends, Kathy says.