Spa couple celebrate 60 years of marriage

Derrick and Sheila Marshall EMN-140508-165428001
Derrick and Sheila Marshall EMN-140508-165428001

A retired headteacher has passed the biggest test of his life with top marks - after celebrating his diamond wedding anniversary.

Derrick Marshall and Sheila Marshall, of Albany Road, Woodhall Spa, have clocked up 60 years of marriage.

Among the many messages of congratulation is a card from the Queen.

Mr Marshall is a former headteacher at St Andrew’s CE Primary School in Woodhall and St Michael’s Primary School in Coningsby.

Mrs Marshall was a clerk at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle for many years before retiring.

The couple, who are members of several clubs and organisations in Woodhall Spa, first met at a dance in Lincoln.

Mrs Marshall explained: “It was the Co-op dance. They were held every Saturday night and it was where all the young people went to meet.

“They were very popular.”

The couple were married at St Mark’s Church in Lincoln in 1954.

Mrs Marshall added: “The church is no longer there. It’s the site of a Tesco store. It’s quite sad every time we pass and see it now.”

They moved to Woodhall for the first time in 1963 when Mr Marshall took up the post at St Andrew’s.

He was the school’s first head at the new King Edward Close site.

Mr Marshall said: “Teaching was a wonderful career and I was very fortunate to spend the majority of my time at two wonderful schools.

“The job did change a lot over the years and I’d imagine it is a lot different today.”

Apart from a brief spell in Humberston, the couple stayed in Woodhall, originally living in Stixwould Road.

They are big fans of the village and describe it as “lovely - the best place in Lincolnshire.”

Mrs Marshall added: “There’s so much going on. We might be retired but we’re never bored.””

The couple have two sons - Andrew and Steven - four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The family celebrated the anniversary with a meal at the Petwood Hotel.

And, the secret to their success when it comes to marriage?

Mrs Marshall said: “You’ve got to have a really good sense of humour!”