Secret celebration awaits diamond wedding couple

Alf and Catheriine Cox get ready to celebrate their diamond wedding.
Alf and Catheriine Cox get ready to celebrate their diamond wedding.
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A COUPLE who met at a dance in 1948 will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on March 10.

Alf and Catherine Cox, of Foston Road, Grantham, are still blissfully happy together in what they describe as their lovely relationship.

They first set eyes on each other at an Aveling Barford company dance 63-years-ago.

Although it was not love at first sight the couple decided to go to the next dance together.

Alf, now 85, said: “We’ve never been apart since.”

The couple got engaged shortly after and in 1951 they married at St Anne’s Church.

Catherine, now 82, said: “It was a big do. I had five bridesmaids and my mum did all the catering. It was a lovely day.”

They honeymooned in London at the Strand Palace Hotel before returning to their lives in Grantham where Alf was a tool room grinder at Aveling Barford and Catherine was an assistant at Hills in Grantham Market Place.

A few years later they had their first son Stephen followed three years later by Colin.

Now the couple have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren as well.

Catherine, who believes the secret of their happy marriage is give and take, said: “Family is definitely a big part of our lives together.”

The couple are not sure what they are doing to celebrate their big anniversary as it is being kept a secret by their sons who are organising it. But they are looking forward to finding out.