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Couple’s ‘give and take’ secret to long marriage

George and Joyce Nicholls of Moulton who are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary.

George and Joyce Nicholls of Moulton who are celebrating their 72nd wedding anniversary.

Not many husbands and wives stay together for 72 years but that’s the milestone reached by Moulton couple George and Joyce Nicholls.

The pair celebrated their decades of wedded bliss with a quiet family get-together at home with most of their three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

George and Joyce were married at All Saints Church, Moulton, in December 1941 when Britain was at war with Germany, Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and the first patient was treated with penicillin.

Joyce, originally from Holbeach Hurn, said: “We first met in Holbeach a couple of times and then George asked me if I wanted to go to the picture house in the town.

“We’d been together for about three years before we got married but our wedding wasn’t a big one because of the war, so we just had a few friends who came round to our house.”

George, who was born in Moulton, worked as a drainage engineer and helped to repair flood defences damaged by the 1953 floods which have been described as the worst peacetime disaster in UK history.

“We used to have a caravan which we went to the seaside in with our children at weekends,” Joyce said.

“You had to give and take as a husband and wife but I wouldn’t want to give people advice on getting married now.

“Couples who get married have to sort it out themselves.”

 

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