We had married on October 11, 1969 and on this occasion we got an invitation from the mayor of our city to celebrate with other couples this event on November 16.
We got a list to fill in how we met and some anecdotes etc and then got back a list of the program to follow !
We had to have a driver and sit in the back of the car. Our son was our driver and our DIL and grandson went with our neighbor.
We had a special parking space where we had to wait and were then directed to entrance of the city hall where an orchestra in Napoleon's uniforms started to play when we had got out of the car !
Then we were conducted by a man (on the picture it looks as if the King and Queen arrive with their body guard),
Our mayor and us
and then we arrived inside and were greeted by the mayor and her aldermen with three kisses !
Here we listened to the speeches, she told little stories about each couple, and then we were invited to a reception with Champagne and nibbles.
But first we got our gifts
Our son (the tall one) and our daughter in law just below him and our best friends
There was enough for everybody
Father, son and grandson
Mr. G. had booked a Brunch for our guests in an Italian restaurant called "La Trattoria". Two of my friends left the reception earlier to decorate the table with a yellow table cloth, a garland of red roses and a huge golden "50".
There was a big variety of cold food as starters, hot food and three different kinds of cakes. It was all very good. Of course we were happy that everything went smooth.
Besides our family, my son his wife and grandson there were all our best friends. The one on below row left had been my witness 50 years ago !
After lunch we invited them all to have a drink at home.
Fortunately we managed to have space for everybody and some bottles of Champagne with or without alcohol disappeared !
From the City we have got a beautiful cristal vase and a Diploma for our 50th wedding anniversary, in the treasure box our friends had put envelopes and the flowers were from my son.
and here I am with son, daughter in law and grandson, who had his 9th birthday the next day.
For Nonno and Nonna's wedding celebration he had put on a suit and was very proud. He is quite tall for his age, nearly 1.55 m and has the same shoe size as me !
This is the beautiful vase we got and Mr. G. wears the 50th ! We had a real nice day, but went early to bed, because we were rather tired !
It certainly was an unforgettable day !