Holiday discovery led to 60 years together

Irene and Norman Beeken of Boston, celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Irene and Norman Beeken of Boston, celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
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A COINCIDENTAL discovery on a trip to Scarborough led to 60 years of marriage for this Boston couple.

Irene and Norman Beeken, of Carmalt Green, marked their diamond wedding anniversary on Tuesday, June 21, with an abundance of flowers, cards and well-wishes.

Speaking to The Standard, the couple’s daughter Noreen Knott said: “Mum and dad met on a bus outing to Scarborough. Dad was invited to visit his cousins and mum went along with her two sisters for the trip as it was organised by her father.

“On arrival they all went their separate ways but after taking some pictures of the beach dad lost his camera.”

“Luckily my mum found it in one of the cafes and returned it to him on the bus home.”

Irene, 81, added: “I don’t remember what we first said to each other; but some time later he asked me out and I think we went to the cinema.”

For the much of their married life Irene worked at a chemist in town, while Norman worked as a joiner for Lincolnshire river board. For many years their shared interests saw them support the scouting and guiding movements, with Irene being with the brownies from the age of eight to 60, and Norman carrying on as a scout volunteer into his seventies.

The couple married at the Stump, where Irene has fond memories of a surprize that awaited them as they emerged from the church.

She said: “Norman’s workmates were lined up and had created an archway out of his work tools for us to walk under.”

Asked what advice she would give to newly-wed couples today, Irene concluded: “Never go to bed on an argument, sort it out and then forget about it.”