Turves couple that memorably stumbled in to illegal rave about to celebrate Diamond wedding anniversary

14:40 19 March 2014

Dick and Lily Dickens. 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Steve Williams.

Dick and Lily Dickens. 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Steve Williams.


A couple that became an internet sensation when they mistakenly stumbled in to an illegal warehouse rave is celebrating a landmark anniversary tomorrow.

Dick and Lily Dickens. 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Steve Williams.Dick and Lily Dickens. 60th wedding anniversary. Picture: Steve Williams.

Frederick and Lily Dickens, of Turves, got married 60 years ago on March 20 1954 at St Augustine’s Church in Woodston.

The pair, who met at the Odeon in Peterborough, will celebrate the milestone with their family at a party at Chequers in Wisbech St Mary on Sunday.

The caravanning fanatics worked together on washing machines at Hotpoint in Peterborough for most their working lives before moving to Turves 20 years ago.

The couple have one daughter Linda, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.

Dick and Lily Dickens. 60th wedding anniversary.Dick and Lily Dickens. 60th wedding anniversary.

Their daughter Mrs Cobb said: “My mother, her two brothers and sister all got married in the same year.

“Sadly her brothers are no longer with us but her sister is celebrating her Diamond wedding anniversary this year as well.

“My parents put their longevity down to a bit of give and take and living within their means.

“I could not wish for better parents. They are absolutely fantastic. They have always supported me and their lives revolve around the family.”

Frederick and Lily Dickens at the illegal rave.Frederick and Lily Dickens at the illegal rave.

The couple became front page news when they entered a warehouse on Hostmoor Avenue, March, on January 1 last year thinking it was a New Year’s Day sale when in fact it had been invaded by 1,000 revellers for an illegal rave.

Mr Dickens said: “The cars were parked all over the place. We thought it was a sale. I don’t think we were the only ones as there were several people wandering over to see what was going on.

“When we realised that it wasn’t a sale we left. We’re in our 80s so we don’t want to get mixed up in anything like that.”


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