Diamond couple met in Grantham cinema queue

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A couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary first met in a queue outside the State Cinema in Grantham.

It would be a year later when Joan and Geoff Cox started dating as teenagers and a few years after that they were married in St Wulfram’s Church on New Year’s Day.

Joan and Geoff Cox, of Hamilton Road, Grantham, celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. Photo: 0295A

Joan and Geoff Cox, of Hamilton Road, Grantham, celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. Photo: 0295A

Joan said: “I don’t know why we chose New Year’s Day. It was the coldest day of the year.

“But it was just another day in those days. It wasn’t a holiday.”

The couple went to London for their honeymoon but had to cut it short because Geoff had bronchitis and spent a week in bed.

Early in their marriage, Joan would go and live with her mother while Geoff did his National Service and went to Malaya for several years with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

When he returned, the couple lived in Alma Park, a former RAF camp. They then moved to Hamilton Road where they have lived for 56 years.

After his National Service, Geoff, 82, went to work at Kontak in 1957 and stayed there for 40 years until his retirement. Before having children, Joan worked for Palmer’s Printers in Swinegate, Grantham. She later went to work for a doctor and his wife in Manthorpe.

The couple have four children – Graham, Lorraine, Tracey and Nicholas. They have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with another one on the way.

Joan and Geoff celebrated their anniversary with family and friends at a party at the Urban Hotel in Grantham.

Joan said: “We have had 60 good years. We have had our ups and downs and there have been times when we have had hardly any money. But we have a very close family.”

In their retirement, Joan likes to bake and knit. Geoff likes music and football, and supports Manchester United.