Diamond couple Ron and June celebrate anniversary

Ron and June Kettle
Ron and June Kettle

A COUPLE who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary say the secret is respect and mutual interests.

Ron and June Kettle, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, tied the knot in town’s St George’s Church on May 14, 1951.

The couple had met at Ron’s 21st birthday party after he had invited territorial army buddy Victor Flynn and his sister June.

She said: “Sometimes you just think ‘that’s the one’. You know when it happens.

“It doesn’t feel like 60 years - they’ve just flown by.”

Ron said: “It’s been a wonderful 60 years.”

The couple were married on Whit Monday six months after Ron had proposed at a dance at Blackstones Social Club, on November 4, 1950.

They organised the wedding in two weeks when a cottage in Tenter’s Lane became available after June’s sister, Lilly Lee, moved to Germany.

Ron and June celebrated their wedding with 100 guests at a reception in Albert Hall.

June said: “Everyone chipped in as we were still on rations. They provided coupons for things like butter.

“My father-in-law was a baker for Barton and made one cake while my mother gathered bits and pieces together to make another cake. It was two cakes not a tiered cake.”

Their honeymoon was spent by the seaside at Skegness for a few days.

The couple went onto have three children Kevin Kettle, of Eastgate, Bourne, Sandra Mickleburgh, of Thurlby and Ian, who sadly died 12 years ago.

Ron was a postman for 25 years and they have lived at their home in Kesteven Road for 57 years.

June has put the secret of their long and happy marriage down to sharing interests.

She said: “Respect is one of the things and then I think it is taking an interest. We have so many interests we share together like now its bowling and before it was tennis.

“I think you both have to listen to one another.”

The couple will be celebrating their special day with a party with 40 guests at their home.