Love lasts the miles for ad­ven­tur­ous duo

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AN ad­ven­tur­ous cou­ple whose love blos­somed while trav­el­ling the world are cel­e­brat­ing their diamond wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Ian and Mar­ian Meakin, from Mac­cles­field, met as teenagers at col­lege and soon dis­cov­ered a shared love of cy­cling.

Over the years bi­cy­cles gave way to nar­row­boats and the cou­ple spent two decades ex­plor­ing the Bri­tish wa­ter­ways, be­fore later tak­ing to the road in their mo­torhome.

Now both 82 the great grand­par­ents, who will celebrate their an­niver­sary on Oc­to­ber 1, show no signs of slow­ing up and still have plans to travel.

Mar­ian, of Pine Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mits Ian was a lit­tle too ad­ven­tur­ous in the be­gin­ning.

She said: “I re­mem­ber early in our courtship and Ian sug­gested we cy­cle to New Brighton. We started at 7am and ar­rived at 5pm. There was only time for a quick sand­wich on the beach be­fore we had to set off. We got home at 10pm and I was so ex­hausted I col­lapsed at the front door. My dad had to carry me to bed. He wasn’t happy with Ian, but he was un­fazed.

“Ian was back the next week­end tak­ing me on another ride. It was that devil-may-care at­ti­tude and his lovely smile that won me over.”

As well as study­ing to­gether the cou­ple also worked to­gether at Brock­le­hurst and Whis­ton of Langley, Ian as a block en­grav­ing engi­neer and Mar­ian as a textile de­signer.

Af­ter their wed­ding at Sut­ton St James’s Church Langley, the cou­ple’s first house was on Spring­field Road, Mac­cles­field, where they had Ni­cholas.

They later moved to Pine Road, where they still live.

Ian also ran a florist on Cross Street for al­most 50 years, while Mar­ian later worked as a free­lance textile de­signer and teacher.

Their nar­row­boat ad­ven­tures were cut short when Ian had a heart at­tack, but they were soon back on the road in a mo­torhome.

Mar­ian said: “We have al­ways shared a hobby which I think has been key to our mar­riage. But I would also say give and tak­ing and putting the other per­son first has been im­por­tant.

“We’ve had a happy mar­riage. There have been some tough times, espe- cially with poor health, but we’ve re­fused to let it get us down and stop us en­joy­ing our lives.”

The cou­ple will celebrate their an­niver­sary with a party with fam­ily, in­clud­ing their three grand­chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren, and their many friends.

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Ian and Mar­ian Meakin are cel­e­brat­ing their diamond wed­ding an­niver­sary. Left: the cou­ple on their wed­ding day in 1955

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