SPALDING couple Christine and Herbert Brightman were reunited with some of their wedding party yesterday to celebrate their diamond anniversary.
Boston-born Christine (80), who moved to Spalding with her family when she was four, and Spalding-born Herbert (84) were married at the Congregational Church in Pinchbeck Road on June 15, 1951.
They met at a dance at Spalding’s Corn Exchange.
The couple, who live in Neville Avenue, have two sons, Mark, who lives in Canada, and Paul, who lives in Spalding’s Holyrood Walk. They have six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Christine’s first job was as an assistant at a chemists, Spencer’s on the site of the present Bookmark shop in The Crescent, and after having her sons she joined the town’s Church Street Surgery as a receptionist.
Herbert began his working life as a clerk at the sugar beet factory and then joined the army towards the end of the Second World War, serving in Greece and Palestine.
He had a variety of jobs after leaving the army, including working for Levertons and the stationery company, Caribonum.
When Caribonum switched its operations to Scotland, Herbert founded his own stationery company and ran it from home.
The couple are delighted to reach their 60th anniversary and spent their big day at a party at the home of Christine’s sister Valerie and brother-in-law David Wood with their best man and bridesmaids.
Herbert said: “I feel exhilarated. I have had a marvellous 60 years.”
Christine said: “It’s been an absolutely wonderful time. I speak very highly of marriage.
“I think we have been very lucky. We have got a lovely family and everything is perfect.
“We are going to get a card from the Queen on the day – and that’s something to look forward to.”