A couple with a strong connection to Rutland celebrated 60 years of happy marriage with friends and family this week.
Nigel and Jean MacNicol, of Church Lane, Greetham, marked their diamond wedding anniversary yesterday.
The couple enjoyed a celebratory lunch with 29 guests at The Wheatsheaf in Greetham.
Nigel and Jean have lived in their house in Church Lane for 43 years. It was designed and built for them by an Oakham firm of builders to their own plans. Before that they had to live in RAF or rented accommodation, as they travelled to various RAF stations.
Jean is a retired teacher, who has taught in several countries including Northern Ireland and Germany, but more recently at Cottesmore camp school and Cottesmore Primary School, as well as Ryhall Primary School.
Nigel twice served at RAF Cottesmore; initially training there as a National Service pilot and then, after going solo at RAF Wittering, being selected for regular pilot training at RAF College Cranwell. It was from there that he met Jean, originally from Leeds, at a dance in her teacher training college, Stoke Rochford, on Feburary 8, 1952. He returned to Cottesmore for his final posting before retraining as a solicitor.
Their son, Roger, was educated at Oakham School and Oxford University. Roger emigrated to the USA. He and his wife and his son, Andrew who brings his fiancée, have travelled especially from their homes in Pennsylvania to be present for the celebration.
Having attended Oakham Baptist Church, where Nigel was a Deacon, the couple later joined the congregation at Greetham village church where Nigel served on the Greetham Parochial Church Council as secretary.