It was love at first sight for Nancy and Norman Ward when they met as youngsters at the movie theatre, now 60 years on the pair are still as much as in love as they were when their eyes first met.
The couple who have lived in Bourne ever since they got married at Bourne Abbey Church in 1955, celebrated their diamond anniversary on Thursday last week, surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Nancy, 81, and Norman, 84, who live at Worth Court in Bourne, met over 60 years ago at the Odeon in Spalding. They had both made the trip on the bus, Nancy from Twenty and Norman from Holbeach to watch the same film that day.
Norman said: “It was love at first sight. I fell for Nancy straight away and knew she was the girl for me.”
A year later Norman proposed to Nancy on her 21st birthday and the pair had a white wedding in Bourne, to declare their love for one another.
The couple who have lived a long and happy life together said that the secret to a good marriage is ‘give and take’.
Nancy said: “Everyone says what a lovely couple we make, but it’s all about being a partnership and sharing with one another.”
To celebrate their big day 60 years on, Nancy and Norman’s two daughters Christine, 59 and Jennifer, 55 organised a celebratory lunch at Time for Tea in Bourne, followed by cake and champagne back at their home.
Christine said: “It’s an amazing achievement. I hope my husband and I achieve the same one day.”
Their two grandchildren, Andrew, 27 and Katie, 30 were also there on the day to wish the happy couple their best wishes.
Both Nancy and Norman were flooded with beautiful flowers, balloons and cards on their special day, but insisted that instead of gifts they would like people to make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support and £400 was raised.
The couple also enjoyed a special ringing of the bells at Bourne Abbey Church to mark their anniversary, on Monday, rang by their son-in-law, Jim Benner.
Norman, who used to be a caretaker at the former Robert Manning School, is still full of ‘life and soul’ and enjoys looking after the wildlife in the garden outside their flat, including feeding the squirrels.
Nancy, who used to make baskets for a living, is extremely thankful to have made it 60 years alongside her husband.
She said: “We’re very happily married and old fashioned love is definitely the best. Here’s to making it 70 years.”