Romance grew when Howard met Sally

Howard Johnson will marr Sally Dunkley later this year. SG070215-117TW
Howard Johnson will marr Sally Dunkley later this year. SG070215-117TW

Cabinet member Howard Johnson steps down from the district council in May with one date firmly in his mind – July 11, the day he marries his new love, retired nurse and midwife Sally Dunkley.

Howard (71) and Sally, 65 next month, will tie the knot at Garnsgate Hall, Lutton Garnsgate, surrounded by family and friends.

Howard popped the question on Christmas Day.

“It was quite romantic,” said Sally.

Howard said: “I have done 16 years now as a district councillor – I did eight years as a county councillor – and I totally, completely and utterly enjoyed it.

“What I want to do now is spend more time with Sally and the family.”

The father of three’s roles with local authorities have seen him chair committees as well as being a portfolio holder: “I would recommend anyone whose heart is in the right place – be they Labour or Conservative – to consider standing for council.

“The difference you can make is amazing.”

Howard moved to Spalding in 1975 to work within the Geest horticultural group, but as computers came in he switched to project managing the installation of computer systems with Geest/Bakkavor.

Mum of two Sally worked for many years as a nurse and midwife – spending much of her career at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn – and retains an interest in health by practising in homeopathy.

Travel is on the cards for the couple as Howard’s youngest son, Nicholas, lives in Australia.

Howard, who has five grandchildren, has also “just bought a place” in Spain.