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Spalding couple celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Today is sparkling like a diamond for Colin and Joan Jackman as they celebrate 60 years of happy marriage.

Colin (81) and Joan (78) married on October 10, 1959 in the church where they met - St Luke’s in Portsmouth.

They went to the same school but Colin explained why their paths hadn’t crossed.

Colin and Joan Jackman are celebrating their diamond wedding
Colin and Joan Jackman are celebrating their diamond wedding

He said: “The boys were in one building and the girls were the other end of town.”

Colin, a long-serving former chairman of Spalding branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL), spent nine years as a sapper with The Royal Engineers - including a five-and-a-half year posting to Germany - before resuming his career as an electrician and then switching tracks to become a school site manager in London.

Joan worked in retail for a time and later qualified as an NNEB nursery nurse, holding senior positions in day nurseries and with The National Children’s Homes, also in London.

The couple moved to Spalding in 1998 after they retired.

Colin and Joan have three daughters, Elizabeth, Frances and Ann, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The couple celebrated their anniversary milestone with a family meal out at The Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, at the weekend and will enjoy a meal out today as a twosome.

Colin and Joan have a similar take on what keeps a marriage so happy for so many years.

He said: “We respect each other’s opinions.”

Joan told us: “We discuss our problems and we work at them - and we just love each other.”

Colin chaired Spalding branch of the RBL for 13 years and remains actively involved as deputy chairman as well as deputy Poppy Appeal organiser.

He is also deputy chairman ofPeterborough branch of The Royal Engineers Association and the rep who attends the London AGMs.

Joan has supported Colin’s work with the RBL - notably keeping busy behind the scenes on the Poppy Appeal - and her nursery nurse background still serves her well.

Joan said: “I help Colin whatever he’s doing, wherever he goes or whatever he’s involved in - I give him a helping hand all the way.

“I run the parent and toddler group in the church - Spalding Baptist Church.

“I do love to watch children playing, that’s what I really love.”

Colin organised Spalding’s Remembrance Sunday Parades over a number of years, and is proud to continue his association with the Poppy Appeal.

This year, for the first time, the Jackmans’ daughter Elizabeth - Liz Carvlin - takes the hot seat as Poppy Appeal organiser.

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