Celebrations for an East Barkwith couple’s diamond wedding went with a bang, as they rounded off the day with a firework display.
Family and friends gathered to help William and Sheila Minns, who have made their home in the village for almost thirty years, mark the occasion.
Bill, as he is known, and Sheila married at St Andrew’s Church, Hull in 1953 after meeting on Bill’s 17th birthday at an Old Thyme Dance at Hollis Bros Joinery in the town, where Bill worked.
Their honeymoon was spent in Bridlington in a converted bus.
The couple came to Lincolnshire in 1975 when Bill became a lecturer at Lincoln College.
Sheila studied for and gained teaching qualifications at the Lincoln College, working there part-time and also at Bishop Grostesse College, continuing there as conference and student accommodation organiser until she retired. With three daughters, Janet and twins Dianne and Suzanne, after 10 years living in Lincoln, they opted for life in the countryside at East Barkwith, where Bill could keep a longed for Labrador.
Bill and Sheila are now taking life at a more leisurely pace, although both are involved in a number of clubs and organisations.
They are also enjoying their extended family, which now includes 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, who all helped them celebrate their big day, with a special cake illustrating their many interests and family events over the years
It was made and baked by Sheila, helped by her friend Jean Thompson, with her three girls making the colourful models.