Published on: October 2020
Ms FELICITY WILSON (North Shore)
—Speaker, every year in October, we celebrate Grandparents Day here in NSW to show our grandparents just how much they are loved and appreciated, and we acknowledge that this year has been particularly tough on our grandparents with COVID restrictions. This year I nominated Mosman locals Beth and Ivan Hodge for the North Shore Grandparent of the Year Award, and awarded them jointly for the large part they play in our community. Many North Shore residents may know Beth and Ivan, as there are not many couples who celebrate their anniversary each year with a brass band and a party that the whole community is invited to. Beth and Ivan are the proud parents of three daughters, and the grandparents of twelve grandchildren. They first met in New Zealand and spent their honeymoon travelling from London to Calcutta in a VW Beetle called 'Love Bug'. They celebrate their anniversary every year with their extended family and the local community at the Balmoral Rotunda, and host a Fire and Rescue Band and Marching team event to celebrate. This year they will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary and I congratulate them as the North Shore Grandparents of the Year.