Do you take this woman. . . again?

(l-r) Liam Waterhouse, Ronald Dunn, Michelle Smith, Maddie Smith, five, Sheldon Smith, Barbara Lane, and Becky Lee, all of Armthorpe, are celebrating Barbara and Ronald re-marrying after being married for 28 years and then divorced for 28 years. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Liam Waterhouse, Ronald Dunn, Michelle Smith, Maddie Smith, five, Sheldon Smith, Barbara Lane, and Becky Lee, all of Armthorpe, are celebrating Barbara and Ronald re-marrying after being married for 28 years and then divorced for 28 years. Picture: Andrew Roe

WHEN 74-year-old Barbara Lane let the man she divorced 28-years ago stay with her over Christmas little did she know she would remarry him just weeks later.

Barbara and Ronald Dunn, 79, said ‘I do’ for the second time at Doncaster Register Office on Saturday - the 56th anniversary of their first wedding.

Ronald Dunn and Barbara Lane, both of Armthorpe share their first kiss after getting re-marrying after being married for 28 years and then divorced for 28 years. Picture: Andrew Roe

Ronald Dunn and Barbara Lane, both of Armthorpe share their first kiss after getting re-marrying after being married for 28 years and then divorced for 28 years. Picture: Andrew Roe

The new Mrs Dunn, said: “We were still friends after we got divorced.

“Then he came to stay over Christmas and just stayed, then he asked me to marry him.

“He says he never gave up on me.”

The pair met in August 1955 when Ronald was playing in a band at a pub.

Barbara Lane and Ronald Dunn on their first wedding day in 1956.

Barbara Lane and Ronald Dunn on their first wedding day in 1956.

They were engaged that Christmas and married on March 3, 1956.

But after 28-years of marriage the pair divorced in 1984, after they grew apart due to Ronald’s music career taking him away for long periods of time.

Barbara then remarried and went to work in a hospital in Northamptonshire and become a foster parent before moving to Doncaster when she was widowed from her second marriage in 1993. Ronald moved to the seaside town of Ingoldmells and stayed there until he moved in with Barbara at Armthorpe last year, where he proposed for the second time.

Speaking of life as a newlywed Barbara said: “It is as though it has never changed except we are just older.

“It is nice to be able to start a life together again.”

The couple have said their family are delighted they have found happiness with each other after being apart for so long.

Just a handful of friends and family attended the pair’s second set of nuptuals, including their only child Michelle Smith, 45.

She said: “Even though they had split up they had always remained friends.

“Mum got remarried, but her second husband died and I don’t think dad ever moved on.

“I always had a feeling they would get back together.”

The newlyweds had their second wedding reception at the Cumberland in Thorne Road with a handful of friends and family including their three grandchildren Liam, 21, Poppy, 17, and Maddie, five.

Ronald said the second time around was a very nice day with his “lovely new wife.”

They currently have no plans to go on a second honeymoon.

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