Pat and Ray Warner are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary today.
Ray has to thank his sister Doris for the match, as they met after she set him up on a blind date with her Barpak colleague Pat.
Despite his initial reluctance to go on the surpise double date Doris had arranged at the Granada cinema, this changed as soon as Ray saw Pat.
With the cinema’s more expensive seats on the upper floor, Ray said: “When I saw her I said to my mate we’re not going downstairs, I’m taking her upstairs. She was gorgeous, and I have loved her all my life.”
The couple dated for about two years before Ray proposed while they were on holiday in Great Yarmouth.
Appropriately after the ceremony at St Wulfram’s on August 1, 1964, the newlyweds returned to the same coastal resort for their honeymoon.
Pat, aged 71 and 73-year-old Ray now live on Belvoir Avenue and have a son Trevor, daughter Julie, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
They enjoy sequence dancing and have played at Grantham Bowling Club for many years, which is why they decided upon the club as the perfect location for a party tomorrow to mark the occasion.
While Ray’s sister acted as matchmaker, Pat’s sister Ann Meredith, of Alexandra Road, Grantham, wanted to wish the couple well. She said: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations and my love to Pat and Ray.”