Caistor’s diamond couple, Peter and Catherine Shacklock, had their wedding anniversary blessed by the Rev Andrew Lomax following a Songs of Praise evening service at the home of David King.
Catherine, 82, and Peter, 83, were married on July 28, 1953 at Caistor Methodist Church by the Rev Cyril Skerratt.
Catherine, wearing a white lace dress and carrying a bouquet of roses, was attended by her sister Heather Collins as bridesmaid and Alan Holt, Peter’s brother-in-law, was the best man. Following the service, the couple spent three days in London and then toured Cornwall for several days.
Peter and Catherine have known each other since childhood and started courting when Catherine returned from college in Newcastle.
Catherine taught at Barcroft Street Primary School, Cleethorpes followed by 30 years at Caistor Primary School before retiring and Peter was a haulage contractor with J Shacklock and Sons.
The couple were blessed with a family. Vaughan, born 1958, and Debbie have three girls and one granddaughter, and Deborah, born 1960, and Steve have three boys.
Since their retirements, Catherine and Peter have travelled abroad visiting their daughter in Hong Kong and Luxemburg. On the day of their anniversary, Peter and Catherine were thrilled to receive a congratulations card from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Catherine said: “I think it is important to be good friends and have the same values. Our faith means a lot to us and we have worshipped together all our lives”.
And the final word from Peter: “We have our different opinions but my wife is always right.”