A HUCKNALL couple have celebrated the rare landmark of a 65th wedding anniversary by going back to where their married life began — St Michael’s Church in Linby.
Denis and Lina Jayes, of Watnall Road, tied the knot at the picturesque church on July 20 1946.
On Wednesday June 20, exactly 65 years later, they returned to the historic building for a surprise blessing organised by their loving family.
The ceremony was followed by a meal at the Tee House restaurant at Leen Valley Golf Club, off Wigwam Lane, Hucknall.
The event coincided with Lina’s 87th birthday and was the latest milestone for a couple who first met in Holland during the Second World War.
Denis (now 89) was serving in the Royal Artillery when he was stationed in a Dutch fishing village and met Lina, who lived there.
After the war, Denis went back to Holland and later returned to Hucknall with Lina.
Denis worked at Hucknall No.2 Colliery (the ‘Bottom Pit’) until his retirement at the age of 60, while Lina used to work for Hucknall hosiery firm Highfield Productions.
They have a daughter, Adriana Knowles, of Jenny Burton Way, Hucknall, and a son, also Denis, of Nottingham Road, Hucknall. They also have a grand-daughter, Aimie Smith, a grandson, Thomas Jayes, and three great grandchildren.
Aimie said: “It’s a wonderful achievement to reach such a milestone anniversary. We are all very proud.”