Cricket-mad couple’s love knows no boundary as they celebrate 60 years together

Diamond Anniversary of Joyce and Geoff Hookham from St Ives

Diamond Anniversary of Joyce and Geoff Hookham from St Ives - Credit: Archant

A couple who met through their shared love of cricket are set to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Diamond Anniversary of Joyce and Geoff Hookham from St Ives

Diamond Anniversary of Joyce and Geoff Hookham from St Ives - Credit: Archant

Geoff and Joyce Hookham, of Kingsbrook, St Ives, were married on July 28, 1956, at St Ives Methodist Church.

The pair attended the same school and met when walking home with their friends, though their love didn’t start to blossom until the pair were in their teenage years.

“I was friendly with his sister and he sent me a note to see if I would go out with him. I was quite surprised when he asked but was quite happy to go along with it,” Joyce said.

Throughout their years of courtship, the couple used to meet up at cricket matches, with Joyce in charge of the scoreboard at Geoff’s games in St Ives.


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“I used to cycle to her games as she used to play for Fenstanton but she used to ignore me when I got there,” Geoff joked.

Despite giving up cricket the pair still have active lives, with Geoff playing bowls and Joyce involved in a number of organisations - including the St Ives Darby and Joan Club.

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The couple have five children, Phillip, Colin, Caroline, Nigel, and Martin. They also have 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Geoff believes that the secret to their long and happy marriage is “caring for each other. If you love somebody you just want the best for them”.

To celebrate their diamond anniversary the couple will renew their wedding vows and enjoy a party surrounded by friends and family.

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