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‘It was love at first sight’ - Couple celebrate diamond anniversary

Mr and Mrs Melton celebrate their Diamond Wedding with their card from The Queen EMN-141203-165750001

Mr and Mrs Melton celebrate their Diamond Wedding with their card from The Queen EMN-141203-165750001

John Wayne was the big star at the box office, Clement Attlee won a General Election and England’s footballers suffered a humiliating World Cup defeat in Brazil.

The average weekly wage was £5, a three bed semi would set you back £350 and a new Ford Popular was £750, although there was a three year waiting for delivery.

There is no doubt 1950 was a year to remember, especially for Horncastle couple Norman and Myra Melton.

They met for the first time at the ‘old’ Victory Cinema in Horncastle’s High Street - now the town’s Lincolnshire Co-op.

Four years later, they were married.

Last week, the couple celebrated their diamond wedding, complete with a party for friends and a congratulatory card from the Queen.

Mr Melton described their first meeting as “love at first sight.”

He added: “We’d gone to the cinema with our friends. I’d come from Haltham and Myra from Greetham.”

“We spotted each other in the queue and that was it. February 1950, love at first sight.”

The couple were married in Horncastle and bought their first house together in Foundry Street.

From there, they moved to Croft Street.

When they met, Mrs Melton was working at Elsie Thompson’s dress shop in Bridge Street.

Mr Melton added; “It’s an Indian Restaurant now. We’ve seen a lot of changes down the years but we love the place.

“We’ve never thought about leaving.”

The couple did own their own business - a shop in Queen Street which is now closed.

Mr Melton was a joiner and built their current home in East Street.

Mr Melton described their anniversary as a “day to remember.”

The couple - Mr Melton is 85 and his wife 81 - have a son and four grandchildren.

And the secret to their successful marriage?

“A bit of give and take,”revealed Mr Melton, “and never go to bed on an argument.”

 

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