Golden couple’s celebrations

Janet and Brian Wilson of Wyberton, celebrating their 50th weddnig anniversary.
Janet and Brian Wilson of Wyberton, celebrating their 50th weddnig anniversary.

A green-fingered couple have reached a 50-year marriage milestone by ‘working through the good and not so good moments’.

Brian and Janet Wilson (nee Hewis), celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday.

The pair, of West End Road, Wyberton, met when Brian was 18 and Janet was 15. He told his mate he fancied her and the friend passed the message on.

They got married on February 15, 1964, just after Janet turned 21.

Brian said: “It was quite a nice day and the son was shining, it was quite a good day.”

The pair honeymooned in York but it rained and they decided to come back home after three days.

They had their first son Andrew in May 1966, the year England won the world cup - he was to be nicknamed World Cup Willie. Their second child was daughter Janet in 1968.

Their third child, Mark, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Tragically Mark collapsed at a meeting of the PHAB club, for which he was chairman, and died from a collapsed lung in January, 1988, aged 18.

Brian said: “After such a major and unexpected loss we had to get on with life and stick together to get over it.”

Janet worked at Oldrids until she had to give up due to ill health, while Brian worked at Boston Tractors, in Kirton, for 50 years, latterly as a service manager. Following retirement he took a part-time job.

The pair enjoy spending time together, and have had a number of hobbies in their married life including gardening, and caravanning.

The pair won an award for their garden from Wyberton Parish Council in its Pretty Front Garden category, 2013.

Brian said: “I think we have managed 50 years together because we have stuck together and worked through the good and not so good moments that we have encountered on the way.”