A chance meeting on a village corner more than 60 years ago has led to a lifetime of memories for a diamond
couple from Binbrook.
Mont and Pam Pearce grew up in Binbrook and have lived all their lives in the village high in the Wolds.
And tomorrow, Thursday April 3, they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary.
“I first met Pam when I was going to my aunt’s and she was going to her grandma’s,” said Mont, now 85.
“It was on the corner outside where Jock’s Shop was and I asked her if she would go to the cinema up at the camp with me.
“It was love at first sight for me and I said to myself ‘that’s the girl I am hoping to marry.”
Pam was only 16 at the time and after about five years of courting, Mont got his wish and they did marry at St Gabriel’s Church in the village, with the Rev Cuthbertson conducting the ceremony.
“I was walking on air the day of the wedding,” added Mont.
“It was the happiest day of my life - I had got my girl.”
Their honeymoon was spent in Blackpool, at the Seafield Hotel, although this trip had to be delayed until after the harvest, with Mont being a farmer.
And the whole of their married life has been spent in the same house in Kirmond Road, which Mont bought in 1953, from the wife of former Grimsby Town manager Charlie Spencer.
“I have always believed in not having things until you could pay for them,” said Mont.
“I paid cash for the house and had £250 to furnish the house.
“The man in the shop said he had never seen so much money all at once when I handed it over.”
And with the house all kitted out, the rest, as they say, is history.
They both agree they have had 60 ‘wonderful’ years of marriage, with three lovely and loving daughters - Carol, Sandra and Susan.
Their only sadness was the death of Carol at the age of just 47.
But now they can enjoy keeping up to date with their extended family of four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
A number of family gatherings are planned to celebrate their landmark occasion.
And the secret of 60 happy years?
“We have never had a flaming row,”says Pam. “We each have our own interests and let each other get on with them.”