Wainfleet couple celebrates 70th

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A WELL-KNOWN Wainfleet couple marked their 70th wedding anniversary with a special celebration in the town’s Elms Golf Centre at the weekend.

John and Joan Bingham (pictured with family) were married in the All Saints Church in Wainfleet on November 1, 1941 while John was briefly home on leave from the war effort.

After the war Joan helped to run a small nursery with John’s mum for a short time. John, meanwhile, worked for the Lincolnshire River Authority and rose to become a Resident Engineer for consulting engineers at a number of firms.

The pair have also been heavily involved in the running of the Riverside Caravan Park in Wainfleet, which they set up in the mid-1960s.

Away from work the happy couple have also been heavily involved in the local community.

Both were involved behind-the-scenes in motorcycle side-car racing, which John initially began as a hobby but which ultimately became such a success it touched international levels.

A number of those involved in the motorcycle racing were on hand at the anniversary party at the weekend.

Joan has also held a number of important positions in local groups. She was a secretary and treasurer for the Wainfleet branch of the Royal British Legion for a number of years and also held the post of secretary and treasurer at the Skegness & District Motorcycle Club for 31 years.

John and Joan have one son, David, and two grandsons. David works as a very successful chartered surveyor in Nottingham.

One of John and Joan’s grandsons has a business in London, while the other recently became a Doctor after passing a PhD in theoretical physics.

Asked what the secret is of their happy marriage, John and Joan said: “Helping each other”.