Couple celebrate 50 happy years together

Alan and Kathleen Dolby celebrate 50 years of marriage EMN-150818-143949001
Alan and Kathleen Dolby celebrate 50 years of marriage EMN-150818-143949001

A couple who have lived in Bourne since getting married 50 years ago, have said that the secret to a long and happy marriage is all about ‘give and take’.

Husband and wife, Alan and Kathleen Dolby, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the weekend, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

The couple, who married 50 years ago on August 14, 1965, enjoyed a day of celebrations with their loved ones, with Sunday lunch at The Horseshoe in Thurlby, followed by an afternoon tea party at their daughter’s home in Dyke.

Kathleen said: “We had a lovely time, the sun was shining and it was a fabulous occasion.”

The couple, who met on the dance floor at a social dance, married at the former Rippingale Methodist Church, and held their wedding reception at Rippingale Village Hall.

In the months leading up to their engagement, Alan and Kathleen decided to build their very own bungalow by hand in Burghley Street, spending the time that they would have been ‘courting’, putting in months of hard work and graft - to build a house which to this day they still live in.

Kathleen said: “It’s amazing to think we’ve lived here since we first got married, we’ll never leave - there’s too many memories here.”

Now both retired, Alan and Kathleen enjoy spending their time partaking in a number of social activities. Alan is a keen golfer and photographer, whilst Kathleen is an active member of Thurlby Methodist Church.

The couple decided that instead of receiving gifts for their special day, that their loved ones made a donation to the NSPCC, a charity which Kathleen has been heavily involved in, as one of the founder members of the NSPCC branch in Bourne.

They were delighted to raise a total of £345.