Love at first sight goes on for Janice and John
Wednesday, 18th November, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
On the eve of their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow, John and Janice Pascoe have reminisced about their wedding day and the 60 years they have been together.
John said he met Janice in January 1960 and they immediately started dating.
“In early November I bought Janice an engagement ring. On the same day we were choosing our wedding rings,” he said.
“We were married on the 19th of November 1960 at the Wesley Church by the Reverend R. Lovell, with Mary Hardingham as Janice’s bridesmaid and John Freir as my best man. We had the reception at her aunty’s house in Thomas Street.”
The couple had three children - Mark, Joanne and Caroline - who have given them eight grandchildren and now two great grandchildren.
They said they have many happy memories, from travelling with their family and attending race meetings. John trained racehorses and was a very handy amateur jockey as well.
“We have been happy all the time... we’ve had a very good life together,” he said.
“We can’t believe it’s been sixty years... the last ten years have absolutely flown,” said Janice.
When asked about their secret to a long and successful marriage, Janice said: “Saying ‘yes dear’... no, he’s very good to get on with. I’ve bred him well,” she said.
“Honestly, just give and take,” said John. “It’s a bit old fashioned but it’s ‘for better or for worse’, as it should be,”
“I love you and that’s it,” said Janice. To which John replied, “Ditto.”
As for the celebrations, the couple were not sure what they were going to do but would wait and see what happens.