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John & Yvonne Lambkin - Golden Wedding Anniversary

It's another first for the club, as we celebrate John and Yvonne Lambkin's 50th wedding anniversary on 16th February 2008. John has a habit of breaking records, but this time has to share it with Yvonne! It was way back in 1958 that they married at St. Augustines Church, Chatham. John was first eleven goal keeper for the Old Holcombeians and most of the then first eleven were present at the reception. Best man was Johnnie Webster, an ex-dockyard colleague of John's. Being a great club man, it seems strange that John was married on a Sunday during the actual hockey playing season. Apparently, he argues that the date was for a family relatives benefit who was in business. Perhaps they got a good wedding present from them!? Better offer than playing hockey on a cold February day! John & Yvonne lived at Hunters Way in Darland when they got married. John was working at GEC Avionics at Rochester Airport and Yvonne working in the local telephone exchange, in those days pushing plugs into different holes. Son Ian was born in Chatham and in the early 1970's they moved to London Road, Newington and purchased a very smart house. It was large enough for John to host a pre-season party for the Old Holcs for several years. John was the 1st XI keeper for several seasons and Yvonne was always on hand to help with the after match teas at home games played at Holcombe on the front grass pitch. As time passed, Old Holcs grew. John beacme 1st XI captain and later club chairman, and was always involved in some kind of committee work. Yvonne maintained her link with the club by still assisting with teas on Saturdays and helping with numerous social events. Young son Ian joined the armed forces, surely not to get away from Mum & Dad! John and Yvonne moved into a bungalow at Kemsley with a large garden. They still reside there now and John produces numerous tomatoes, cucumbers and bedding plants. John was involved with the development of the current club at Holcombe Park by making himself available to complete any task and Yvonne still kept in the background doing teas and whatever else was needed. Now retired from club affairs, John still comes to all the first team home games and Yvonne continues to assist when needed. From the current club, we pass onto them both our very best wishes for their 50th wedding anniversary and may they enjoy each others company for many more years.

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