Golden day for Wisbech Lions Bill and Marilyn Batrick
Saturday was a golden day for Wisbech couple Bill and Marilyn Batrick as they celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss.
The couple, who met after Bill's mum encouraged Marilyn to go on a date with him, were married at St Augustine's Church on Lynn Road on November 27 1971 by the Rev Thomas Christy, and have lived in the town ever since.
Both were born in Wisbech and Marilyn has lived in the town her whole life, but Bill's family moved to London when he was an infant living in both Marble Arch and Fulham before returning to Fenland when he was 20.
They are both well known through their connections with Wisbech Lions.
Bill, 75, a retired ambulance man, has been the club's president no fewer than five times and is currently secretary.
While Marilyn, 71, who had many roles jobs largely in retail including being manager of the Sue Ryder branch for 15 years, was president two years ago and is the current vice president with a view to becoming president again next year.
As well as the Lions the couple both enjoy gardening, Marilyn also enjoys baking and embroidery, while Bill has been a breeder and exhibitor of budgies having at one time well over 120 of the the birds.
He also enjoys DIY, but Lions tends to keep him busy.
They have one son Stephen who lives in Walsoken.
The couple celebrated with an open day during the day and then enjoyed a family meal in the evening.