‘Lived happily for 60 years in same home’

Diamond Wedding couple Eric and Freda Beeken. Photo: SG140313-120TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Diamond Wedding couple Eric and Freda Beeken. Photo: SG140313-120TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Crowland born and bred diamond wedding couple Eric and Freda Beeken have lived in the town all their lives, yet kept a great sense of adventure.

Eric came back from Army service touring the Middle East as a glamorous motorcycle stuntman in the late 1940s with a thirst for exploring foreign countries on holiday,

So after their marriage on March 14, 1953, they took their two children when they came along touring Europe with a tent on their annual breaks.

The tent turned into a caravan, then a larger one, and the open road became a holiday habit for more than 40 years. They finally sold the last van only last year.

Their family made sure the couple didn’t have to lift a finger for their anniversary party at home a fortnight ago.

Freda (84), who was school secretary at St Guthlac’s, Crowland, for more than 20 years, said: “We’ve lived very happily for 60 years in the bungalow we built when we married.

“We’re lucky that our children, Valerie Hunter and Clive, settled close by, both of them in Deeping, so we see our grandchildren and great-grandchildren all the time and were able to have a lovely family party at home.”

The couple knew each other at Southview Road School in Crowland but didn’t fall in love until Freda was sweet 16.

She remembers it was a blow when Eric, then a 17-year-old apprentice electrician at Baker Perkins, Peterborough, was called up soon after. But they exchanged letters each week until he was demobbed in 1948.

The couple, both keen dancers, attended Crowland tea dances up to last year.