Sport and music are key to long marriage

Keen golfers John and Marie Allwood are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

Keen golfers John and Marie Allwood are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary

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A couple who share a fanatical love of sport celebrated 60 happy years together on their wedding anniversary yesterday.

John, 84, born in Easton-on-the-Hill and Marie, 79, who moved to Stamford from London at the outbreak of the Second World War, met in a cinema queue in 1952.

The couple were engaged in August that year and then married in Great Casterton in 1953.

In 1955 their daughter Elaine was born. The Allwoods lived in Stamford until 1976 when the couple moved to their current home in New Road, Ryhall.

Marie said: “We attribute our very hardy marriage to the fact that we enjoy each others company and have shared interests. We are fanatical tennis and badminton players and then in 1984 became fanatical golfers.”

The couple are members of Burghley Park Golf Club where Marie was ladies captain in 1991. They have played in matches and tournaments for the club and still play socially three times a week.

The club will host their anniversary party on Sunday.

Before retiring in 1993 John worked as a carpenter and joiner in the area, working for building firm Ernest Ireson and as a foreman for Henry Boots of Sheffield. Marie worked at the local Conservative headquarters before moving to Lincolnshire County Council Careers and Youth Training Service where she worked until 1989.

The couple’s shared interest also extend to enjoying a broad range of music together and exploring the world on holidays.

Marie said: “We are looking forward to the rest of our lives together and realise how lucky we are to have enjoyed the last 60 years.”