More than 70 family and friends turned up to Coningsby Community Hall to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Roger and Anne Wilkes.
The couple, who live just outside the village, where Roger enjoys watching the planes, met in Exeter on a blind date courtesy of their work with the Royal Observance Corps in Devon.
Roger’s RAF career took them around Britain, including Northern Ireland, and eventually to Lincolnshire. They have lived in Coningsby for 18 years and for a time Roger was a bird controller at RAF Coningsby until he tragically suffered brain damage in an accident.
“He relies on me completely,” Anne explained.
Anne’s career has included being a community careers supervisor for the probation service, a nursery school teacher and more recently, selling homes for local developers.
They have three sons Ian, Adam and Jason, all of whom live locally, plus four grandsons, a granddaughter, step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The couple are members of the Royal British Legion, plus the Headway brain injury association. “We have lots of good friends,” Anne added.