MABLETHORPE couple Val and Rod Stones celebrated 50 years of happy marriage on Saturday with a golden wedding anniversary family bash at Louth’s Kenwick Hotel.
The couple met at an Air Training Corps day out at RAF Cranwell back in 1959.
Val was an ATC member and Rod was on leave from the Merchant Navy and offered to help out a friend by giving some talks.
After they met Rod ended his career as a Merchant Navy navigator as they both agreed that he’d be spending too much time at sea.
He then went into the building trade and worked for the old Alford Council, even building his own bungalow in his spare time.
Meanwhile Val worked as a librarian.
The couple married on March 3, 1962 and are still going strong 50 years on, incredibly they are the fourth generation in the family to reach their golden wedding.
Rod revealed the secret to their happy marriage over the years as ‘a little bit of give and take’.
“Though of course it’s mostly me giving and Val taking!” he said.
The couple have two sons, Andrew and Darren, as well as six young grandchildren.
They keep active by lending a hand with such jobs as decorating for their sons.
Val, 70, and Rod, 76, still live in Locksley Road in Mablethorpe and enjoy hitching up their caravan and seeing the country.