“INSTANT love” is how Jim Cowell decribes the moment he laid eyes on his future wife Do.
This moment was at the forefront of their minds on Saturday, as they marked their Golden Wedding.
The happy couple celebrated their anniversary with loved ones at the King’s Hotel in Grantham, the same venue where they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Do said: “Thank you to all our family and friends for making it such a memorable occasion.”
Jim met Do when she saved him from an awkward situation in Western-super-Mare, where they were both living. Having been reluctantly drawn into conversation with a homeless man for some time, Do approached Jim and told hm he was needed urgently.
Jim said: “She rescued me. It was instant love, love at first sight.”
Jim was an apprentice in the Royal Air Force, while Do was a telephonist. They married three years later and travelled the world while Jim was in the RAF. They have called Bahrain, Malta, Northern Ireland and Scotland home over the years.
Jim was based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland for many years. He left the RAF in 1984 and worked with companies dealing with military equipment.
Jim said: “We’ve been all over the place.
“They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. That was certainly the case for us because I was away from home a lot. I think our love flourished through that. I suppose we never got into a routine.”
The happy couple have two sons, Jeremy and Richard, and six grandchildren.
They moved to Grampian Way in Grantham 12 years ago to be closer to their family, a place they now call home for good.
Jim said: “We’ve had a fantastic life.”
Jim and Do would like to thank The Grantham Florist, Cakes by Rachael and King’s Hotel for making their anniversary celebration a special one.