Mayor’s visit and Queen’s best wishes for diamond couple

June and Ken Dann celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with the Mayor of Louth, Councillor Sue Locking, and Councillor Malcolm Locking. EMN-151014-160359001
June and Ken Dann celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with the Mayor of Louth, Councillor Sue Locking, and Councillor Malcolm Locking. EMN-151014-160359001

Ken and June Dann received a surprise visit from the Mayor of Louth while they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at Larders II last week.

The couple, who have lived in the town for over 25 years, were joined by friends and family members for their celebration on October 10.

Ken, 86, and June, 83, married at St Michael’s Church, Grimsby, on October 1, 1955.

They had met two years previously at the local Pegasus Cycling Club. The couple went on to have two sons, Stuart and Christopher, and they also have a grandson, Nathan.

Ken was in the Army for six years prior to meeting June, working in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).

He went on to work for the Yorkshire Electricity Board, and then spent 27 years working for Courtaulds before taking early retirement in 1987,

June, meanwhile, worked at a coal company and a garage before having children, 
later returning to work 
as a cashier.

From 1971 onwards, the couple have been heavily involved in the Grimsby-based amateur operatic society, Silhouettes, often performing vital roles behind the scenes.

Ken and June regularly visit Larders when shopping in town, and the general manager Jamie Bristow paid tribute to his “fantastic and wonderful customers”.

Mayor Sue Locking presented Ken and June with flowers and a card, and their family arranged a special congratulatory card from the Queen.