Diamond couple are still sparkling

Diamond Couple Don and Gwen Bontoft
Diamond Couple Don and Gwen Bontoft

CAISTOR couple Don and Gwen Bontoft have celebrated sixty years of marriage.

The diamond couple met at the town’s youth club in 1949 and got engaged the following year.

They were married at Caistor Central Methodist Church on March 22, 1952, by the Rev Skerrat.

Their reception was held in The Red Lion Assembly Rooms, before the couple spent a week-long honeymoon in London.

Don worked as a tractor driver for Joseph Franklin at Kettleby, before working as a sales assistant at Briggs Ironmongers for 13 years.

Gwen and Don bought a sweet shop in Caistor, where they served the community for 20 years until Don’s retirement at the age of 59.

Their marriage has been blessed with three daughters - Jacqueline born in 1957, Lesley in 1961 and Anne in 1964. They now also have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Don, now 86, has always been a keen gardener and a DIY person, as well as and enjoying watching sport on TV.

Gwen, 82, enjoys being a housewife and a mother, as well as knitting and sewing and together they used to deliver meals-on-wheels.

After buying a motor caravan, they enjoyed numerous holidays travelling around the country and they now have a static caravan at North Somercotes.

They are both members of Caistor Civic Society.

Gwen said: “We’ve had our ups and downs as most people have, but we’re still together, enjoying each other’s company.”

The diamond anniversary was celebrated with a family meal at The Swallow Inn.