Waltzing their way through 60 years of marriage

John and Elizabeth Hubbard with friends at their diamond wedding anniversary tea dance at Pinchbeck Village Hall.
John and Elizabeth Hubbard with friends at their diamond wedding anniversary tea dance at Pinchbeck Village Hall.

PINCHBECK couple John and Elizabeth Hubbard took to the dance floor to celebrate the milestone of their diamond wedding.

The couple, of Wardentree Lane, were joined by friends from the village’s ballroom dancing club for a special tea dance at Pinchbeck Village Hall to mark 60 years of wedded bliss.

Their celebrations also included a lunch with friends and renewal of their marriage vows at St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church in Spalding.

Mr Hubbard (86) and his wife (80), who have three children and seven grandchildren, were both born in London but have lived in Pinchbeck for 13 years since returning to England from Australia after two years.

Mrs Hubbard said: “We went to the same primary school in Essex, although we didn’t know it at the time.

“We met properly in 1951 when a friend of mine was asked by a friend of John’s to go on a cycle ride.

“My friend didn’t want to go out on her own, so she asked me to go with her and John’s friend asked him to make it a foursome.

“We gelled very quickly and got officially engaged at Christmas in 1951, setting the wedding date at the same time.”

Mrs Hubbard worked as an office junior in London for four years before fulfilling her ambition to teach secondary school children in Essex for 15 years.

Her husband spent three years in the RAF, taking part in the Berlin Airlift after World War Two, before having a distinguished 25-year career as a doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.

Mr Hubbard said: “We’ve stayed together by discussing any differences of opinion we’ve had and ironing things out.

“The young today want everything now, but you couldn’t have it in our day.”