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Grantham anniversary couple still taking to the sea 60 years on

Humphrey and Diana Platts

Humphrey and Diana Platts

Humphrey and Diana Platts from Manthorpe are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary on September 4.

As well as marking the occasion with a party for over 70 next weekend, earlier this year they went on a cruise around the British coast.

Indeed the Platts have always enjoyed life on the water, having travelled most of the UK’s inland waterways aboard their very own narrowboats.

Their married life even started with a trip on a motor topoedo boat to their honeymoon destination of Sark.

This followed their wedding at St Andrew’s Church in Heckington, and a marquee reception in the garden of Diana’s parents’ house nearby.

It was through their families that the pair met, as Humphrey’s parents lived in the same New Forest village of Brockenhurst as Diana’s cousin.

Humphrey moved to Grantham to start at Bjorlows tannery on Earlesfield Lane, where he had a number of roles but primarily worked as the manager’s personal assistant.

When the job took him to Copenhagen for six months, Diana joined his parents in a drive over to visit, and jokes she was ‘on trial’.

This is perhaps a term that comes naturally to the magistrate of 23 years, who also served on the monitoring board of Stocken prison for 18 years or ‘longer than most of the inmates’ she adds.

The couple have also both been deeply involved in the community, through Humphrey’s later work as a regional fund-raising organiser with the NSPCC and president of Grantham Rotary Club in 1986-87, while Diana has been a parish councillor as well as founder and member of several societies.

They have three children, Philippa, Juliet and Christopher, six grandchildren and ‘two and a half’ great-grandchildren with the ‘half’ due in November.

 

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