‘I was so nervous I never spoke on our first date...now we’ve been married 60 years’

Margaret and Don Chapman of Fishtoft, celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Margaret and Don Chapman of Fishtoft, celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

A chance meeting at a town hall in 1945 has led to 60 years of happy marriage for Fishtoft couple Margaret and Don Chapman.

“I was a land girl at the time and met Don at a dance in Kirton Town Hall – only he couldn’t dance,” said Margaret, 87.

“I was working on the land at the Dennis estate in Kirton at the time and Don was a long-distance lorry driver.

“His cousin was already going out with a land girl and he said to Don that he should pick one for himself and he picked me.

“We just went from there, really.”

The pair went for their first date at the Leagate Inn, in Coningsby – but nerves got the better of Margaret.

“I don’t think I spoke a word the whole night,” she said.

Speaking about their secret to a long marriage, Margaret added: “We always shared everything.

“It’s different today with couples saying ‘that’s my wage, and that’s your wage’. We shared everything and enjoyed each other’s company.

“We treated each other as equals.”

Asked for his view on their long marriage, Don, 86, said: “I don’t know really, we made sure we didn’t fall out much - and just carried on.”

The couple tied the knot in Leeds on March 21, 1953.

They recently celebrated their diamond anniversary landmark with a family meal in Boston.

Margaret carried on dancing right up until last year, but poor health has meant she’s had to temporarily hang up her dancing shoes.