A couple who have lived in Australia almost all their married life returned recently to celebrate their golden wedding with family.
Bart and Eileen Geeson left for Australia nine months after getting married at Swayfield Church on June 4, 1966. They took advantage of the £10 passage to Australia offered by the Australian government at the time.
The couple met at youth club when Eileen was 14 and Bart 17.
After tying the knot, they held their reception at the Miners Sports Club in Colsterworth, where Bart worked for United Steel.
Eileen worked for the Co-op and Lee and Grinling Maltsters in Commercial Road, Grantham.
When they moved to Australia they first settled in Perth but would later live in Kununurra, Darwin and Moranbah in Queensland.
Bart, 71, has worked as a mechanic while in Australia for a numberof diffierent companies and helped to keep the trucks going when a cyclone devastated Darwin in 1974.
The couple now live in Peachester on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, where Bart has his own business repairing farm machinery.
In Australia, Eileen, 69, has taught English to migrants and more recently gained a second degree in counselling in grief and loss. She is a director of a farm cooperative and she and Bart have built up their own macadamia nut farm, even building their own house.
The couple like to travel, their journeys taking them to America among other places. They have covered most of Australia with only a small part left which they aim to visit.
Bart, 71, played cricket in his younger days and they both like gardening.
The couple renewed their vows in Australia and have celebrated their anniversary with their families in Swayfield where they have also been blessed in church.
The couple, who have two daughters, will return to Australia soon, but say meeting up with family again and having a party has been ‘just lovely’.
Eileen said: “Our life together has been one big adventure.” And in John Wayne fashion, Bart said: “A man has got to do what a woman tells him!”