Former soldier Ken Foster and ‘land girl Joyce, 94 and 93 respectively, are celebrating a love story spanning seven decades together at a Lincoln care home.
The platinum couple met in 1946 and are well known in the Cherry Willingham community, where they lived for 34 years.
When they first met, Ken was a wartime solider home on leave from Middle East, and Joyce was a land girl. They met in a cottage that Joyce was lodging in at the time.
The couple both took a keen interest in drama. Joyce was a treasurer in the local village drama group and Ken was a player.
They were also members of the local church.
Since July 2016, the inseparable pair have lived at the HC-One Willow Court Care Home in Lincoln, where this week they were surprised with a special 70th anniversary party.
Ken and Joyce received an abundance of cards and flowers from relatives, friends and staff and even the Queen of England.
They enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea with their friends from the home and surrounding villages and even some local dignitaries – chair from West Lindsey District Council, Angela Lawrence, village Rev Sue Bradley and Rev Canon Penny Green, who popped in to wish the couple their best.
The main table was arranged with the couple’s huge family tree along with wedding photos, balloons and a special anniversary cake.
Ken Foster, said: “It was a total surprise! It’s so wonderful to see all of our old friends.”
Jo Keenan, Willow Court Care Home Manager, said: “We would like to congratulate Ken and Joyce on this huge milestone in their relationship! They are a wonderful couple and much loved in the home. Everyone really enjoyed the whole afternoon!.”