What a party: Jarman twins celebrate 70 years

70 for 70, seventy friends for a 70th birthday. That was the plan, and thanks to the determination and incredible organizational skills of Jeannette (David’s wife), the twins (Robin and David Jarman) celebrated in style.

Robin and David Jarman

Robin and David in Port Elliot's Horseshoe Bay

The Jarmaniac twins turned 70 on March 27th. For their 50th birthday they wrenched their backs trying to duplicate the act that made them a popular duo on the performance circuit. The musical brothers would play the piano upside down, backwards, with their feet, and whatever pretzel approach gave them a chance to make the audience laugh.

At 70 they contented themselves with huge smiles, their usual friendliness, and appreciation for the love friends and family showered on them. The setting for the party was the seaside bowling club (lawn bowls, that is) in beautiful Port Elliot, South Australia.

Horseshoe Bay

Rocky edges of Port Elliot's Horseshoe Bay

Many of the friends gathered there had known the twins since they were young men, starting out on different paths. Robin’s would take him to Canada in 1968, an adventure he expected to last a year or two but is now in its 43rd year. David stayed in Adelaide, his roots growing ever deeper in the soil of a community where he is inextricably entwined.

Though their reunions were years apart, they followed similar paths. Teachers until they retired, both became tour directors and are still in their element sharing their wealth of knowledge with visitors.

When they are together, years fall away. One begins a thought, the other finishes it. Their gestures, speech mannerisms and eccentricities are so alike Jeannette and I roll our eyes and laugh.

Jarman siblings

The four Jarman siblings - Tony (youngest), David and Robin, Jenny (middle child)

Happy 70th, David and Robin. You spread joy wherever you walk. The world is a better place because you are in it.

The Fishbowl Boys

The Fishbowl Boys

[One of the birthday surprises was the arrival of The Fishbowl Boys, talented young singers from Adelaide. Robin and David used to sing barbershop so were thrilled by this quartet. They joined them for the last song. Notice how similar the twins’ gestures are. Thanks, Don and Jill, for a gift the twins will never forget.)

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14 comments for “What a party: Jarman twins celebrate 70 years

  1. April 18, 2012 at 5:15 am


  2. Rick Hardman
    April 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for this video invite to a wonderful occasion!
    Australia’s loss was certainly Canada’s gain. We miss you Robin boyo.
    Bring back Jake the Peg when you come!

  3. April 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Robin’s on a ship heading this way. Says he’s “having a ball” – which will sound familiar to anyone who knows my upbeat partner.

  4. April 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    It was sweet indeed, and so was the party his beautiful children and their offspring threw him before we left Melbourne.

  5. Carole Bridges
    April 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    What a great celebration for Robin and David’s 70th. I was lucky to have Robin and friends serenade me at my 70th. Birthday Bash 2 years ago.We here Kelowna look forward to his return and his presence at coffee gatherings at Gios after fitness class. Have fun on the high seas Robin.

  6. maggie N.
    April 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Robin and Kathryn
    What a wonderful video of the sextet, and a happy (belated) birthday to Robin

  7. April 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I hope you’ll still be around when he returns. He’ll want to connect before you leave.

  8. April 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    He’s having a grand time, but he’s going to be very happy to be back with friends here in Kelowna.

  9. Jeanette & David Jarman
    April 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    What a day that celebration was one none of us will ever forget. Wonder whether we could do it again for their 80th!!!

  10. Michelle Jarman
    April 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    What a fabulous video! Loved seeing them together and entirely in their element. What a special day shared. Take good care of him Kelowna! We miss him heaps already xoxo

  11. April 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    As healthy as they are, that’s a party worth aiming for!

  12. April 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    It was a fabulous day – and while we were there we thought about Anglesea and the party you had for him there. Your dad deserves everything special that comes his way – and you and Darren and your families make him so proud.

  13. Geraldine and Jack Bush
    April 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Love it.What a great family you have Robin.

  14. April 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    You are so right. They are the best. And so are his friends, including the two of you!

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