They’ve gone platinum! Anniversary joy for happy couple

William Ronald Atkin and Oola Mary Atkin of New Bolingbroke, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
William Ronald Atkin and Oola Mary Atkin of New Bolingbroke, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

Singers dream of ‘going Platinum’ but one happy couple have hit the high notes and managed the feat through 70 years of married life.

William Ronald Atkin, 89, and OolaMary Atkin (nee Buttery), of New Bolingbroke, celebrated their Platinum Wedding anniversary on Saturday, November 9.

The pair celebrated the day with a few friends and a message from the Queen which will be placed alongside the message from their Diamond wedding.

Mr and Mrs Atkin met at a village dance and married in New Bolinbroke on November 9, 1943. Mr Atkin said: “It was a lovely day, and the sun shined lovely.”

They honeymooned the day after in Boston Market.

Shortly after their wedding, however, Mr Atkin was conscripted at the age of 19 and spent four-and-a-half years fighting in the Second World War.

During their married life Mr and Mrs Atkin have had two sons and a daughter – but have also overcome their share of tragedy as one son was killed in an accident.

Mr Atkin said: “It’s been fairly good, ups and down and hardships, but we pulled through, we can’t grumble really.”

Mr Atkin’s working life has included being employed on a chicken farm at Frith bank and other jobs around Boston, once he learned how to drive.

Mrs Atkin worked at East Kirkby Aerodrome as a ‘navvy’ and has worked on busses and on the land.

And their secret to a long marriage? A bit of give and take.