Team work key to 70 years of happy marriage for Kirton couple

Alice and Fred Lyon are celebrating their platinum wedding aniversary.
Alice and Fred Lyon are celebrating their platinum wedding aniversary.

AFTER 70 years of marriage, Fred and Alice Lyon should have worked out the key to a long and happy union – and it seems that team work is the golden rule.

The couple, who marked their platinum anniversary at the end of September, said they had many happy memories from the past seven decades.

They added: “Everyone has their ups and downs, but it’s how you get through them that makes the marriage stronger.”

Fred, 93, and Alice, 90, met at school in East Heckington. After finishing their education they would meet up for walks on Sunday afternoons.

The couple courted for four years, and married at St Nicholas’ Church, in Boston on September 26, 1942.

Throughout their married life they have lived in East Heckington, Holland Fen and Whaplode, eventually moving to Kirton in 2001.

During her working life Alice was employed on the land in different parts of the county, before retiring in 1982.

Fred was also involved with farming, starting out as a horseman before becoming a tractor driver, retiring in 1983. During the war, he served in the Home Guard.

The pair have one daughter, Sandra, and two grandchildren, Darren and Rachel.

They marked their special day with tea and celebratory cakes with the family, and also received a card from the Queen in recognition of their long marriage.