Cinema date leads to real life romance tale

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A FISHTOFT couple have celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary.

Joan and Norris Leedle, who now live on Bladon Estate, have been married for 65 years.

The pair met just after Joan’s family moved from Crowland to Wrangle, where her family owned the Sailor’s Home pub and a small holding.

She was 15 and he was 17 when they got together after Norris took Joan on a trip to the cinema.

Four years later, when she was almost aged 20 and he 22, they married.

The ceremony took place at Wrangle Church, on March 16, 1946.

Joan, now 84, said of married life: “It’s been wonderful. I have a wonderful husband and a dear friend.

“We’ve had ups and downs but we have had a happy marriage.”

She added: “We have got loads of lovely memories.

“I don’t think I can really point one out.”

The pair have previously lived in Old Leake and Wrangle but have spent the last 40 years in Fishtoft.

Norris, now 86, was an agricultural worker before he retired and Joan spent her working life helping her parents in Old Leake.

They both enjoy gardening, puzzle books, days out and each others company.

They have two daughters, a son, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

As to the secret of a long and happy marriage, Joan said couples should ‘share everything’.

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