Love and laughter is key to 60 years of wedded bliss

Joan & Fred celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family at the Isabel Blackman centre SUS-150326-094442001
Joan & Fred celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family at the Isabel Blackman centre SUS-150326-094442001

A Hastings couple celebrated sixty years of marriage full of love and laughter with family and friends at the Isabel Blackman centre.

Fred and Joan Cullen first met at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Joan was training to be a nurse and Fred was an ambulance driver. Daughter Susan said it was love at first sight for her dad. “He spotted mum on a ward after a night duty and asked her how she managed to look so pretty so early in the morning. Mum was too embarrassed to reply but there began a sixty year romance that resulted in two daughters; myself and Gail.”

Fred and Joan married at St John’s church, Worksop, on March 11, 1955, and moved to Hastings, where they had family, in 1967.

Joan and Fred said marriage isn’t always easy and has to be worked at with humour. Susan added: “My parents sense of humour and love is the inspiration for both me and my sister.”

Fred and Joan celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary with Susan, Gail, Joan’s sister Sylvia and niece Carolyn, at the Isabel Blackman centre (IBC). A special celebration cake decorated with a basket of flowers reflecting those in Joan’s wedding bouquet was enjoyed by guests. Susan said: “Mum attends the day centre so it seemed appropriate to share the occasion with her many friends and staff. Our special thanks go to IBC for making it a wonderful day for us.”