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Diamond couple from Great Gonerby started as pen friends




Doug and Gloria Keasley are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Doug and Gloria Keasley are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

A couple who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today, began their relationship writing to one another while thousands of miles apart.

Gloria and Doug Keasley, both 81, of Belton Lane, Great Gonerby, started writing to one another while Doug was serving in the RAF in Egypt. It would be over a year before they finally met in May 1955.

Doug and Gloria Keasley, of Great Gonerby, on their wedding day 60 years ago.
Doug and Gloria Keasley, of Great Gonerby, on their wedding day 60 years ago.

Gloria and Doug were married in St Saviour’s Church in Croydon. They later lived in a caravan with their three children in Essex before moving up to Mansfield where Doug got a job in clothing retail.

The family moved to Grantham in 1985. Doug went into business with Mick Marsh and they set up Grantham Clothing. In 1989 Doug and Gloria set up business on their own with three clothing shops in Newark, Lincoln and Retford.

Away from work, the couple have enjoyed playing bowls over the years and Doug played golf for many years. Gloria is now president of the Ladies’ Grantham Indoor Bowls Club and still enjoys the outdoor game. She is also president of Ladies Probus 96.

The couple have two sons Ian, 59, and Barry 58, and a daughter Janet, 55. They have seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The couple celebrated their anniversary with a meal at Woodland Waters and have a trip to the coast planned with their family in a few days’ time.



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