Melton couple toast 70 years of marriage

Melton couple Frank and Joyce Gooda, who have celebrated 70 years of marriage, pictured at their wedding at St Mary's Church, Melton, on June 16 1945 EMN-150806-121159001
Melton couple Frank and Joyce Gooda, who have celebrated 70 years of marriage, pictured at their wedding at St Mary's Church, Melton, on June 16 1945 EMN-150806-121159001
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Family and friends will help Frank and Joyce Gooda celebrate 70 years of marriage at the couple’s Melton home on Tuesday.

An open house party is planned on the anniversary of their wedding, which was at the town’s St Mary’s Church in June 1945.

The couple met three years earlier when Frank was bileted with the Army at Melton.

Joyce, who is now 90, lived with her publican parents at the former Black Horse pub (on the site of what is now the Chapel Street car park) and worked in the Melton Food Office, giving out ration books and identity cards.

She recalled: “We met at a dance at the Corn Exchange, which is where the Bell Centre is now.

“We just clicked. I liked the look of him and we started going out together.”

The couple were regularly separated because Frank was posted around the UK to work on radar and search lights alongside various anti-aircraft emplacements.

They tied the knot shortly after VE Day, with a reception at Warner’s Cafe, in Market Place, and a honeymoon in Wales. The couple have kept that week’s issue of the Melton Times and she still has one of the carnations from her bridal bouquet.

Frank (93) , a retired university and college lecturer, is well known in the town as a leading light in Melton Probus Club and Melton Operatic Society.

The couple, who were both keen bowlers in Melton, have a son David, grand-daughters Helen and Ruth and great-grandchildren Marie and Leo.

Frank added: “We’ve had a very happy marriage.

“We do still have our arguments but we wouldn’t be without one another.”