COLIN and Irene Margery remember 1952 very well as it was the year they were married, not long after each survived a terrible bushfire that ravaged Barnawartha and areas near Wodonga.
"The fire almost put off the wedding,'' Mr Margery, 86, said.
The fire came into Wodonga to the edge of the Martin Park football oval across an area that is now mostly housing estates but was then grazing paddocks.
Mr Margery was just 26 when he helped his father, Joe, and other men fight the fire at Barnawartha North.
Mrs Margery was 19 and working at the Barnawartha post office.
The couple now live in retirement on the Country Club estate in an area that was swept by the fires.
The events of January 31 and February 1, 1952 were when the Margerys and other survivors and firefighters attend a morning tea put on by the Country Fire Authority at Baranduda fire station.
CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson and CFA board members Ross Coyle and Mark Byatt will attend the invitation-only event from 10.30am to noon.
Among guests will be Les Boyes, 80, Jim Parker, 86, Rusty Fisher, 76, and George Coyle, 97, all of whom fought the fire at different points.