Couple dance into 60 happy years
A DIAMOND couple who became dance partners at a weekly class have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Alec and Greta Dodman, both 81, from Woodhall Spa celebrated their diamond achievement at a family lunch at the Petwood Hotel on Saturday.
The couple first met when they were 15 years old, attending Mrs Riley's dancing club in Spilsby.
Greta said: "We were dancing partners and we would go every week - even though we could not dance. Alec used to bike from Willoughby to my home in Hundleby three times a week to see me.
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"He proposed to me on my nineteenth birthday."
The couple married on August 3, 1953, during the coronation year at St Mary's Church in Hundleby. They enjoyed a honeymoon in London.
Alec said: "We are very family orientated. We believe that the way for a successful marriage is to look after each other and help each other as much as possible."
Greta who was born in Hagworthingham, was brought up in the grocery trade as her parents had a grocery shop based at Hundleby Post Office.
As a youngster, she was in the girl guides in Spilsby.
Alec, who was born in Sibsey, was in the boys brigade at Chapel St Leonards and played the cornet in Hogsthorpe Silver Band.
He served in the RAF for three years and spent his whole working life working in the construction industry, working for Taylor Woodrow Construction for 32 years before retiring to Woodhall Spa in 1996.
They lived in various places for his work including Lincoln, Litchfield, Harrogate and Northallerton.
Greta enjoys knitting and cross-stitch and is a regular indoor bowls player at St Peter's Hall.
Alec is vice-president of South Kyme Golf Club and was club captain in 1999.
They have two daughters, Virginia and Vanessa and four grandchildren.