A year of celebrating for couple

Year of celebration for Douglas and Nancy Ward. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December, Douglas turned 95 in March and Nancy was 90 recently.
Year of celebration for Douglas and Nancy Ward. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in December, Douglas turned 95 in March and Nancy was 90 recently.

The past year has been one of celebration for one of Fenland’s oldest couples.

Douglas and Nancy Ward, of Popes Lane, Leverington, have had a busy eight months with landmark wedding anniversaries and birthdays.

It started in December with the couple’s 65th wedding anniversary. Douglas then celebrated his 95th birthday in March and Nancy turned 90 at the end of July.

Douglas and Nancy met at evening dance classes, a hobby they continued until just a few years ago, and married at St Peter’s Church, Wisbech.

Nancy was in the WAAF as a clerk for the three years before they got married and Douglas worked as a smallholder with his father. He was in the Home Guard during the war.

Douglas later became a postman, a job he had for 32 years until he retired at the age of 62. Nancy looked after their three children Peter (now 60), Sally (57) and Susan (51). They now have three grandchildren Georgina (30), Laura (23) and James (19).

The couple used to cycle a lot and were a familiar sight around the area on their tandem. They enjoy gardening and tend to many plants and vegetables in their garden. They were well-known for growing chrysanthemums and Nancy said people used to travel from miles around to buy them.

Douglas was also a keen sportsman and played for the Gorefield cricket team. He was a bowler as well for many years.