Cinema trip leads to love - after 8 years

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It was a night at the pictures that drew Skegness couple Gordon and Olive Cartwright together - though not with each other but their friends.

Olive, who had originally planned to go to church, went to see a movie and while there, met two dashing men. Olive’s friend then dated Gordon, and Olive remained his friend.

That was until eight years later, when Gordon needed to borrow a crash helmet from Olive, and after both of their previous flames had ended. It was then the two got together.

The pair later got engaged and married on April 13, 1963 at St John’s Church in Grantham.

It was a big white wedding with around 100 guests, three bridesmaids and a page boy to celebrate the happy occasion, which has kept the two true to their vows and now married for 50 years.

During the early years, Olive, now 73, worked for the Co-op in the food trade as well as shops, and Gordon, 74, after completing his national service, also worked in the food trade and spent time at Raleigh Bikes.

In 1964, the two were blessed with their first daughter, named Karen, and two years later, another daughter called Amanda in 1966.

The following year, Gordon and Olive welcomed the arrival of their son, Richard, in
1967.

When the children had grown up, the two moved to Skegness to renovate a property in Drummond Road into a B&B business, which they ran for 14 years until retiring in 2000 when the business sold.

The two then moved to Hoylake Drive in Skegness to enjoy their retirement and motor home holidays.

Now the couple are blessed with seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

During the years, Olive enjoyed baking, sewing, icing cakes and holidaying. Now much of her time is spent painting and on duties as the treasurer for the Skegness Art Group, which she has done for the past 14 years.

Gordon has enjoyed many things, including being chair of the Skegness Day Centre’s fundraising committee, which he carried out for 11 years. He also now enjoys painting and taking part in the Probus Club.

The pair celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday, April 13 and, speaking beforehand, they said they were going to enjoy a quiet day with lunch and a short trip to Cleethorpes the following week.

Later in the year, Gordon and Olive hope to travel to Norway to see the Northern Lights as part of a belated celebration. And on Sunday, the pair’s family put on a little surprise.