A couple who lived in Melton for over 35 years and who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary said working very hard together to support their family was one of the secrets to their happy marriage.
Alan and Barbara Cragg of Dunholme near Lincoln, met at Tally Ho Band practise in Melton in 1952. Both had to get their parents consent to get married and the pair had their wedding in 1955 at St Mary’s Church in Melton.
A mix up over reading their banns, because they hadn’t been read in Cambridge where Alan was doing his national service in the RAF resulted in them arriving at church for their wedding on February 5 1955. They had a short service followed by photos and a reception. They had to visit the Bishop of Leicester with the verger to obtain special permission and finally they were married back at St Mary’s Church two days later on February 7 1955. Their story was highlighted in the News of the World and the Melton Times.
Alan’s family was originally from Portsmouth but they were evacuated to Melton during the Second World War. After the couple were married they lived with parents for a short while before living together on Thorpe Road. In 1957, they moved to Staveley Road until they moved to Bourne in 1995 and Lincoln in 1997.
Alan (82), served his apprenticeship as a painter and decorator with “Talbot, Pritchard and Talbot” in Melton before joining Billy Herberts Decorators for a few years. Alan joined Pedigree Petfoods where he worked for 25 years before retiring in 1995. He played football in Melton with the ATC (Air Training Corps) whose ground was on Saxby Road.
Barbara (77), was a school dinner lady at Grove Junior School for around 16 years. Both enjoyed playing in the Tally Ho Band and travelled to various competitions. Some of their happiest moments together have been many holidays spent with their family and friends.
The couple, who have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at The Lincoln Hotel, in Lincoln with family and friends on Saturday, their actual wedding anniversary date.
When asked what the secret to being married for 60 years was, both said working very hard together to raise and support their family and some degree of luck in marrying the right person in the first place were the key to a long and happy marriage.