A retired farmer and his wife are celebrating an ‘a-maizeing’ achievement after celebrating 70 years of marriage.
William and Doreen Rainthorpe ran a farm in Bowl Alley Lane, Horncastle, for many years.
They now live in the Tanglewood Nursing Home off Louth Road.
And there was a double family celebration as the platinum wedding was followed a couple of days later by William’s 97th birthday.
The couple met in the early 1940’s when William, a soldier, was stationed in South Wales.
A few days after meeting his future wife for the first time, he was posted abroad and spent three-and-a-half years overseas during the Second World War.
However, the couple kept in touch and married in Wales during the latter stages of the war in 1945.
William was again posted overseas before he finished his military service and the couple moved to take over the family owned farm in Horncastle.
Doreen, 92, explained: “We met for the first time at a social event and I suppose it must have been love at first sight.
“We’ve been very lucky. We’ve never fallen out. We’ve always worked hard and we’ve had a good life together.
“I’d like to think I’m a Horncastle girl now although I haven’t lost my Welsh accent!”
The couple have two daughters, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
They celebrated with a party for family and friends at Tanglewood.
And the secret to their happy marriage? William admitted: “I learned to say yes very early on!”