It’s 60 years of marriage for Spa’s childhood sweethearts

Barry and Pam Chapman EMN-140916-093823001
Barry and Pam Chapman EMN-140916-093823001

When Barry Chapman left his bike at the village garage, he had no idea it would lead to a marriage that really has stood the test of time.

With wife Pam, the well-known Woodhall Spa couple will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow (Thursday).

And, it is a story of childhood sweethearts.

They both lived in Bardney and Barry used to catch the train to school in Lincoln, leaving his bike at Quincey’s Garage, which was owned by Pam’s family.

The couple were 12 at the time. Three years later, they started courting and they were married in 1954 at Bardney Methodist Church - just six weeks after Barry completed his National Service.

They moved to Ruskington and then to Woodhall Spa in 1957.

They lived in Witham Road and Woodland Drive before buying their current home in Arnhem Way in 2006.

Barry worked in the agricultural industry, setting up his own company in 1978, which he sold in 2000 before retiring.

Pam, a former pupil at Horncastle Grammar School, was a cashier for Mawer and Collingham in Lincoln - now known as Binns. She later worked for her husband’s company.

The couple, who have four daughters, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, are founder members of Woodhall Spa Tennis Club and former captains of Woodhall spa Golf Club.

They are members of several other village organisations and Barry is a former parish councillor and heavily involved in Jubilee Park.

They will celebrate their anniversary with a party for family and friends.

And, the secret of their success? “Lot’s of give and take - and lots of laughs.”