Diamond couple met at family wedding

PUBLISHED: 12:07 28 July 2006 | UPDATED: 22:00 28 May 2010

Cyril and Sylvia Beck

Cyril and Sylvia Beck

PICTURED cutting a cake to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary are Cyril and Sylvia Beck. The couple who live in Sycamore Road, Whittlesey, met at the wedding in Eston, near Middlesbrough, of Sylvia s older brother Stan and Cyril s younger sister

PICTURED cutting a cake to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary are Cyril and Sylvia Beck.

The couple who live in Sycamore Road, Whittlesey, met at the wedding in Eston, near Middlesbrough, of Sylvia's older brother Stan and Cyril's younger sister Lita in December 1945.

Cyril, 85, originates from Eston and Sylvia, 80, was born and grew up in Whittlesey. The couple were married on July 20, 1946 at the former Congregational Church by a Salvation Army officer - both were brought up as Salvationists - as the local citadel was not licensed at the time for weddings.

After a brief spell living in the north, they moved to Whittlesey in 1947.

Cyril, a former mineworker, worked in horticulture for a time when setting up home in Whittlesey, before spending 37 years in the local brickworks until retirement in 1986.

Both have a passion for sport. Cyril was involved with Whittlesey United Football Club for 25 years, 20 of them as secretary, and was made a life member of the Peterborough League.

Both were heavily involved in the Whittlesey Cricket Club for a number of years, Cyril as umpire and Sylvia as scorer. Cyril has since become president.

They have two sons, Melvyn, a journalist, and Stewart, an immigration officer at Leeds/Bradford Airport, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

A celebration lunch for family and friends was held at Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club, with pride of place among the many congratulatory letters and cards being one from the Queen.

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