Couple dance their way to 65 years of marriage

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AN INSEPARABLE Hucknall couple who first met at a dance have good reason to trip the light fantastic.

For STAN AND JOAN LANE, of Herbert Buzzard Court, off Hankin Street, have reached a very special milestone — their 65th wedding anniversary.

They were married at St John’s Church, Yeovil, Somerset on April 5 1947.

To celebrate their landmark anniversary, the couple had two celebrations — the first at Hucknall Liberal Club on West Street, and the second at the Hucknall Royal British Legion Club on Beardall Street for family members and friends.

Stan (88) originally hails from Bulwell, where he went to the old Albert Street School.

After leaving school at the age of 14, he worked at the former Springfield hosiery factory on Hucknall Lane for 49 years, interspersed with five years’ Army service in World War Two.

It was while he was serving as a paratrooper in the Yeovil area that he met Joan at a dance at the Houndstone camp.

Stan took part in the D-Day landings in June 1944 and suffered gunshot wounds, causing him to be brought home on a stretcher.

A native of Yeovil, Joan (86) was employed for seven years by Aplin and Barretts, which became one of the country’s largest producers of fine dairy foods, including the uniquely-flavoured St Ivel cheese.

Moving to Nottinghamshire after her marriage, Joan worked at Hucknall’s former Viyella clothing factory and for an upholstery firm in Basford.

Stan and Joan have lived at their present address for 25 years and were previously residents of Hucknall’s Westville area.

They have a son, Paul (64), who lives on Montague Road, Hucknall.

The couple have been members of the Royal British Legion since 1959 and over the years Joan has become a familiar figure at its Beardall Street club by attending line dances on Sunday nights.

Fellow dancers were invited to their anniversary bash at the club.

Joan also enjoys knitting and jigsaw puzzles because she says these hobbies help to keep her mind active.

Stan used to enjoy gardening but his advancing years have made it difficult for him to keep up this pastime.

The couple like travelling to different parts of the country and they go on holiday four times a year.

“We are delighted to have celebrated this special wedding anniversary,” said Joan.

n OUR PHOTO shows Stan and Joan with their wedding photo — DISPIC NHUD12-0798-3