Bottesford couple mark their 60th wedding anniversary together
A magical couple from Bottesford have celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Terry and Lyn Reason, 80 and 79 respectively, marked their diamond wedding on Monday.
The pair have had a marriage steeped in showbiz, both as an on-stage duo and as extras in many films.
Having met in their home city of Nottingham, at Hanford and Richards dancing school, they were engaged in no time.
They married in St Peter’s Church in the city. where Terry was a choirboy as a child, and spent their honeymoon on Guernsey.
Their three children, Amanda, Shaun and Christopher, ten grandchildren and a great-grandchild due in November were described by Terry as a good production.
Terry was a joiner by trade, and the couple moved to Bottesford 52 years ago, and have lived in the same house — which they discovered while Terry was working on some roofs on the same street — ever since.
Lyn worked for Nottingham Chemists before caring for her three children, while Terry often worked away.
She worked for Marcus Replicas, in Bottesford, when her children got older.
With their children taking up cricket, Terry and Lyn used to volunteer on the bar at Bottesford Cricket Club, where Terry would do magic during the quieter times.
Terry’s passion for magic began aged seven at a Christmas party, where he watched conjurer Dennis Gardener doing tricks.
He went home and built a magic box with the help of his father.
He rediscovered his love of the art when the couple’s children were older.
As a double act, Terry and Lyn Sheer Magic, later known as Terry and Lyn Reason For Magic, developed an act that took them all across the world on cruise ships.
The couple still have the caravan that they used to tour the UK in with all of their magical equipment, and they remain members of the International Brotherhood of Magicas.
They also appeared as extras in films such as Bleak House, Prisoner of Zenda and Outside Edge and used to test out game shows for Central Television.
Plans for an anniversary party have been put on hold because of coronavirus.
Lyn said the key to a long and happy marriage was working together, with give and take.
“We are only normal people. We’ve just been very lucky in certain situations.”
The couple have also suffered tragedies in recent years.
They recently lost their youngest son, Christopher, and before that their granddaughter, Fiona.
Lyn said: “I think you have to have some bad luck to appreciate what you’ve got.”