Golden day for Stuart and Babs

Caistor's Stuart and Babs Fraser on their wedding day 50 years ago
Caistor's Stuart and Babs Fraser on their wedding day 50 years ago

A Caistor couple have shown they have the right chemistry

as Stuart and Babs Fraser celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a weekend sharing their memories with friends.

Caistor's Stuart and Babs Fraser celebrate 50 years of marriage

Caistor's Stuart and Babs Fraser celebrate 50 years of marriage

The family golden celebrations had been held in North Devon two weeks earlier, with 22 family members present.

From their two celebrations, the caring couple have received £320, which will be donated to World Vision - Gift for Life and Terminal Care.

Babs Carswell and Stuart Fraser met at their local church in Highbury.

Stuart was studying at London University and Babs was a student nurse at the Royal Free Hospital.

They married at Hutton and Shenfield Union Church in Essex on August 17, 1963 .

Following a honeymoon on the Isle of Wight, the couple settled in Bideford, North Devon for four years, where Stuart was teaching biology and chemistry and Babs was nursing at Bideford Hospital.

In 1976, Babs and Stuart moved to Caistor, where Stuart became Head of Science at the grammar school, before retiring in 1995.

Babs worked at Caistor Hospital, Nettleton Manor Nursing Home before training at Hull University in 1981 as a District nurse, serving at Caistor and Welton, before retirement in 2000.

They have four children - Duncan, Stephen, Fiona and Robert - seven grandsons and two granddaughters and each year the family get together, despite Stephen living and working in Nigeria and Robert in Istanbul.

Babs said:” We are both kept very busy taking an active part in the life of Caistor and the two churches.

“We give each other space and we are the best of friends.”

The final word for a long and happy marriage came from Stuart.

He said: “If at first you don’t succeed, try it your wife’s way! We have a chemistry which works.”