Staying busy is key to a long marriage

Diamond wedding couple Richard (85) and June (81) Callow of Deeping St James EMN-160419-163729009
Diamond wedding couple Richard (85) and June (81) Callow of Deeping St James EMN-160419-163729009
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A well-known barber in the Deepings has celebrated 60 years of happy marriage with his loving and supportive wife.

Dick and June Callow, of Deeping St James, toasted their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday last week but celebrated with an afternoon tea with more than 50 friends and family at The William Cecil Hotel in Stamford on Sunday.

Highlights of their anniversary celebrations included receiving a card from the Queen and hearing a message read out by Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show.

In 1959, Dick took over a shop in the Market Place in Market Deeping, and is still there, today at the age of 85, working as a barber. On sunny mornings, he even cycles to work at 7am. The front of the shop is a traditional sweet shop and tobacconist, run by his son Howard.

It is this that June believes has kept their marriage strong. Asked what the secret is to a happy marriage, she said: “Keep your man working as long as possible and keep yourself busy too.”

The couple, originally from Boston, met when they were just 15 at the Gildredrome Dance Hall. When Dick returned from National Service, he caught June’s eye when he was looking through the window of the shop she was looking through. They married just after June turned 21 at Fishtoft Parish Church, near Boston.

June worked at Joys in Boston, a ladies’ clothing store, and then at the Co-op in the Dividend department where she could put her maths skills to good use. Finally, she moved to Fogarty’s, the bedding specialists, where she worked as a secretary until her marriage to Dick.

During their long and happy marriage Dick and June have worked hard and once a year they have enjoyed family holidays in Europe and later many cruises and even a trip to New York on the Concorde aircraft.

As well as son Howard, the couple have another son Andrew, three granddaughters Rachel, Nicola and Michelle and four great-grandsons, Liam, George, Jake and Thomas.

They stay young by dancing twice a week at the Nene School of Dancing in Peterborough.