70th wedding couple celebrate

Esther and Ron PrestonRon and Esther Preston are pictured with Skegness mayor Steve Kirk and his wife Cath Kirk. Photo by John Crossland.
Esther and Ron PrestonRon and Esther Preston are pictured with Skegness mayor Steve Kirk and his wife Cath Kirk. Photo by John Crossland.
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IT was love at first sight when a young RAF soldier first set eyes on his bride to be across the bar of a Harrogate pub.

More than 70 years later, and Ron and Esther Preston are still going strong, having recently celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

To mark the momentous occasion, the happy couple enjoyed a barbecue with their family and fellow residents at Rayleigh House Care Home, Skegness.

Mayor and Mayoress of Skegness, Coun Steve Kirk and Cath Kirk, also turned out to show their admiration for the happy couple and gain an insight into the success of such a lasting marriage.

Upon asking Ron what his marriage secrets were, Coun Kirk may expected to have been enlightened with sage-like words of wisdom, but the answer he got was far more pragmatic.

“I used to work away a lot,” Ron explained.

Despite professing to having fallen immediately in love with Esther at their first meeting all those years ago, Ron began his amorous pursuit with just one pressing worry.

“My first concern was how far away from the pub she lived, because I’d promised to walk her home,” he explained.

Fortunately the walk was not too off-putting to their blossoming romance and the pair were wed the following year.

The couple, who are originally from Orby, spent most of their life together in Harrogate, where Ron worked as a driver for the Yorkshire Bus Company.

After 35 years in the job he was honoured with a long service award before his retirement.

Now aged 91 and 92 Ron and Esther recently decided to return to Lincolnshire to be closer to their family.

Although they never had any children Ron’s nephew works at the care home and so they are being well looked after in their dotage.