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Diamond day for Betty and John
1:15pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Headlines
A LOVE of dancing and a lucky opportunity was the start of 60 happy years of marriage for one diamond couple.
John Haywood, 85, was stationed in Lincoln with the army in 1949 when he met Betty, 84, a nurse at Lincoln Hospital at a ball.
He spotted what a lovely dancer she was and ballroom has been a part of their lives ever since.
They even won a prize for their dancing while on one of the cruises they enjoy taking together.
The couple got engaged in 1952, shortly before Mr Haywood was posted to Egypt, and he promised they would get married when he came home.
He was injured and repatriated to England in 1953 and they married at St Mary’s RC Church in Louth on October 3 before he returned to Egypt.
Mr Haywood remained in the army and there were many postings abroad including to Germany, Canada and Bavaria before the couple returned to the UK and settled in Amesbury in 1978.
Throughout her husband’s army career, Mrs Haywood was a supportive army wife, running wives’ clubs and thrift shops.
After retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1983, Mr Haywood worked as a charity consultancy for Heartbeat, the Royal Engineers, museums and churches.
He was elected as a county councillor in 1985 and has also been an Amesbury town and Salisbury district councillor and is a member of Amesbury Rotary Club.
The couple have five children, Alyson, Julia, Marcus, Crispin and Lucinda, and 11 grandchildren.
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