A well-known Louth couple who are celebrating 60 years of happy marriage say it feels like just five minutes since their golden wedding.
David and Joyce Robinson, of Eastgate, were married exactly 60 years ago today (Wednesday, August 14) in 1953 after meeting at university in Nottingham over ‘geological microscopes’.
Their relationship blossomed and they now sit proudly atop a family which includes two children, a grandchild, and two great grandchildren.
Joyce, a former teacher at Monks’ Dyke, and David, a well-known face among many of Louth’s organisations past and present, are celebrating the big day with an open garden for friends and family.
David said: “I suppose we’ve just kept on going, I was always doing so much work that the family were the back up team!
“I feel really fortunate to have had Joyce for 60 years, some people have said it seems like five minutes since the golden wedding.”
After marrying at Beeston Parish Church in Nottinghamshire the couple spent two years teaching at Immingham Secondary Modern, before David became a head of geography and went on to tutor at Nottingham University.
In 1965 they moved to their current home in Eastgate; their daughter Hilary came along the very next year and two years later their son Christopher was born.
Joyce began teaching science at Monks’ Dyke and went on to teach botany at the King Edward VI Grammar School 6th form.
In 1997 David was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to journalism and to the community in Lincolnshire, having edited a number of local publications including Focus, a forerunner of the Louth Leader.
One of the couple’s favourite hobbies has been gardening; David said he was responsible ‘for the flat green bits and the tall brown bits’, and left the rest to his wife.
In their younger days the Robinsons would also enjoy caravan holidays around the country.
“Some of the best times have been when we’ve been away on holiday,” said David.
“We would rent a caravan, those were good holidays!”
David recalls how his best man on their wedding day, Tony Light, was getting married himself the next day.
He said: “We managed to work it well but he had to dash off and get ready for his own wedding the following day!”
David, also a published author, has taken roles including becoming life president of the Louth Naturalists, Antiquarian and Literary Society, which runs Louth Museum, and is a patron of the Hubbard’s Hills trust.
Their garden is open to family and friends as they celebrate their special day.
Joyce said: “I do hope it’s good weather so we can get outside.
“I’m hoping to see some very old friends.”