Louth couple go platinum after 70 years of marriage

Joyce and Kenneth Codd, from Louth, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sunday (September 27). EMN-150928-140643001
Joyce and Kenneth Codd, from Louth, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sunday (September 27). EMN-150928-140643001

A Louth couple went platinum at the weekend as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, making them one of the longest married couples in the country.

Kenneth Codd, 94, and his wife Joyce, 90, got married at North Elkington Church on September 27, 1945, just three weeks after the 
formal end of the Second World War.

The couple, who have always lived in the local area, lived in Muckton and Orgarth Hill, Tathwell, before moving into Louth in 1955.

They lived in Eastgate 
until 1969, when they set up their home in Holmes 
Close - and they have lived there ever since.

Kenneth was a farm worker and a stoker, before he embarked on a career as a postman for 23 years until 
his retirement in 1986.

Joyce was a maid for a local doctor during the Second World War, later going on to be a housewife and then a ‘home helper’ for many decades 
until she was 80-years-old.

Kenneth and Joyce had a son, Keith, in 1948 and a daughter, Shirley, in 1950.

They also have five grandchildren through Shirley, and nine great-grandchildren.

The couple celebrated their 70 years of happy marriage together on Sunday alongside their family, enjoying a meal out at the Mill House in Covenham and spending time with friends and neighbours.

The happy couple are both keen gardeners, and Joyce also enjoys knitting items which she then donates to the 
Oxfam shop in Louth.

When asked the secret behind a long and happy marriage, Joyce said: “You’re bound to have ups and downs, but you 
learn to live with them and 
work through them together. There has also got to be a lot of give and take.”