During their sixty years of married life Barbara and Dennis Brown have travelled around the world together.
Barbara, aged 81, and 84-year-old Dennis from Manchester Way, Grantham, celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary on July 17.
Among the many highlights of their long-lasting marriage is a seven-week trip they took from America to India in 1992.
However while travelling abroad used to be their main hobby, being close to family back home has always been the most important aspect of their lives.
“We have a lovely family,” said Barbara, “They have always been there for us.”
Indeed the couple’s son Andrew, daughter-in-law Susan, three grand-daughters and great grandson were all there to mark the anniversary with a meal at Grantham Bowling Club on July 19.
They were joined by many of Barbara and Dennis’ friends including Pat and Carolyn who were bridesmaids at their big day at St Wulfram’s on July 17, 1954.
Although they remember their wedding day was not as sunny as it turned out to be sixty years on, the newlyweds enjoyed a reception at the Angel and Royal before spending their honeymoon in Brighton.
They had only been ‘courting’ for six months before getting engaged, after meeting on Boxing Day at Barbara’s cousin’s house.
Despite Barbara being with somebody else at the party, Dennis was undeterred and at their next meeting asked if he could take her out on a date.
“I’d travel over from Newark on the train to see her,” added Dennis, who fell very quickly for the Grantham-born Barbara.
The pair have both worked for much of their lives, with Dennis employed as an engineer for 42 years at Ransome and Marles while Barbara has had several jobs including as a training instructor and shop supervisors.
However family has always come before work for the Browns, and this year is not only special because it sees in their diamond anniversary, but also because they celebrated their grand-daughter’s wedding six weeks ago and are looking forward to the upcoming birth of their great-grandaughter in September.