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Popular pensioners Hugh and Marion Longland celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary this week.

The couple, who live on Harrowby Lane, led the 2nd Grantham Scout group for over 16 years.

Last year they held a garden party at home with over 60 guests joining them to celebrate their diamond anniversary, so this year they say, will be a little more low key.

Marion said: “Our daughter Sheila has just got married and one of our grandsons also married a girl in India so we are keeping things low key.”

Now in their 80s Marion and Hugh met in Oasby when she worked as a nanny at the manor house. They attended a dance and the rest, as they say, is history.

The couple have three children – Richard, James and Sheila and five grandchildren.

Hugh worked as a carpenter for Fosters of Grantham for over 17 years, as a pattern maker for a large firm and for the council after that.

But it was a request to build a canoe for the local scout group that really changed the couple’s life.

Marion joined ascub leader shortly after and the pair were based at the scout chapel next to the house where Margaret Thatcher grew up.

Marion said: “It’s nice because we know so many people from the area because of it. People often say hello because they remember us.”

Marion and Hugh’s daughter went on to become Queen Scout and one of the first female Venture Scouts.

Hugh said: “When we married they said it would never last, it was the best thing they could have said.”