Diamond couple met at family’s fish and chip shop in Boston

Beryl and Les Woodman of Wyberton, celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary.
Beryl and Les Woodman of Wyberton, celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary.

A happy couple who first caught each other’s eye at a fish and chip shop in Boston have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Beryl and Les Woodman, of Wyberton Low Road, Boston, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on March 28 with a meal at Merrimans.

The pair met in 1948 while Beryl, then aged 16, was helping out at Scott’s Fish Shop, formerly on West Street, which was owned by her father.

At the time Les was working on the railway and used to come in for chips most nights.

“And to see me of course,” said Beryl.

“We used to go dancing at the Assembly Rooms. I taught him how to dance.

“They used to have nice dances,” she added.

Les then did two years National Service, stationed in Dover and when he returned joined the territorial army.

When he returned he proposed to Beryl with a ring bought from her father, who used to buy a lot of jewellery.

She said: “I was 18, but I said we were not going to marry until I was 21.”

She would have turned 21 on May 28, 1953 but, to net a handy tax rebate, they got married a little earlier – tying the knot at Boston Stump on March 28 that year.

They spent the rebate on a new carpet for their house.

As for the big day, Beryl said: “It was marvellous, we had all my family and his family.

“We held the reception in Lovelies in the Market Place”

The pair honeymooned in London, visiting The Strand and going to see a show.

Beryl said she believed the secret to a long marriage was not holding a grudge.

She added the pair had had their ups and downs but always swiftly put their fall outs behind them and moved on.