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Not love at first sight but a marriage built to last
10:40am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
IT may not have been love at first sight but an Evesham couple are preparing to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
Alan and Lillian Kinchin, of Salisbury Drive will mark the milestone on Saturday.
The couple met at a dance in Upton-upon- Severn.
Mrs Kinchin, aged 76, said: “I was with a friend and he was with a gang and we met up. It wasn’t love at first sight though.”
Despite not being hit by cupid’s bow straight away Mr Kinchin, 75, who lived in Childswickham, began travelling to see his future wife at her home in Welland, near Malvern.
“He came up three times a week to see me,” said Mrs Kinchin, who was working in a butchers.
“He was driving a heavy goods vehicle. He still does part time driving for the co-operative home delivery.
“He proposed on the Malvern Hills. We were out for a walk and he just popped the question.
“I said ‘yes’ without hesitation.”
The two were married at Welland Church on September 14, 1963, and honeymooned in Blackpool.
Children followed as the couple welcomed daughters Janice and Amanda and they now have two grandchildren, Naomi and Nathan.
The couple added: “The key thing to staying together is love and helping each other. We have our ups and downs like everyone and we talk it through.
“We just had a happy family life.”
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