They might say the age of romance is dead - but it appears to be very much alive and kicking in the village of Mareham le Fen.
Eric and Heather Beattie celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in St Helen’s Church.
Almost 100 family members and friends attended the special service - and then joined in celebrations at the Abbey Lodge neat Woodhall Spa.
Mr Beattie - who is known as ‘Bob’ to many people - said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day.
“Renewing our vows is something always we wanted to do. We’re just a couple of ‘old’ romantics.
“It was great to see so many familiar faces.”
The couple first met in Melksham, Wiltshire and moved to Lincolnshire in 1970 when Mr Beattie was stationed at RAF Conginsby.
He left the services and the couple ran a residential care home for 13 years.
Mr Beattie added: “We said we’d run the home for five years and then retire but we were there 13 years.
“We are enjoying retirement. We’ve had a wonderful life and wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
The couple have three children and five great granddaughters.
The guests at the celebrations had travelled from as far afield as France, Devon and Cornwall.
The couple arrived in a stretched VW limousine, supplied by Revesby Garage.
Mr Beattie added: “It (the limousine) was on our list of to do things so we’ve ticked that box.”
He did have a surprise at the ceremony when his wife presented him with a wedding ring. Previously, he’d only had an engagement ring.
He added: “I suppose it’s all official now. There’s no turning back!”
The couple are well known in Mareham le Fen and admit they love life in their ‘adopted’ Lincolnshire.
Mr Beattie explained: “It’s true what they say - once here you never want to leave.”
The village church and LIVES will benefit from their celebration,
Instead of presents, the couple asked guests to make donations and St Helens and Kives will receive £200 each.
Mr Beattie insisted there is no secret to a happy marriage. Asked what the recipe for success was, he quipped: “I haven’t got a clue.”