A romantic Grantham couple will celebrate their golden wedding with a cruise around the Mediterranean later this year.
John and Elizabeth Beever enjoy taking to the seas for their holidays and have enjoyed cruises for several years.
They celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Saturday) and will have a celebration with family and friends at home over the weekend.
The couple met when John moved into lodgings opposite Elizabeth in Stamford Street. They met while walking to work, but did not start seeing each other until John got tickets to see Acker Bilk in concert. He had intended going with somebody else, but they could not go and it was suggested he take Elizabeth. The rest is history.
The couple were married at St John’s Church, Spitalgate, and held their reception at the George Hotel in High Street. As they had been saving up for a house, their honeymoon was three days in London.
Elizabeth, 70, was born in Grantham and went to Huntingtower Primary School and Springfield Secondary Modern. She went to work at the Wolsey factory for 10 years before leaving to have their first child. She then worked in several different jobs before going to BGB Engineering where she stayed for 28 years. Her twin sister also worked at the firm and celebrated her golden wedding anniversary a few months ago.
John, 71, comes from Rippingale, where his father ran the Bull Inn, reputed to be the inspiration for the Archers, for many years. He attended the local primary school and then Bourne Secondary Modern. He became an apprentice at BMARC and later worked at Bjorlow’s and Aveling Barford. He went on to work for BGB and TDG. He also worked for his brother-in-law and retired at the age of 70.
The couple, who have lived in High Meadow for about 40 years, have a daughter, Sally, who is manager of the Body Shop in the High Cross centre in Leicester. Another daughter, Katie, who had spina bifida, sadly died when she was 23. An abiding memory of Katie was her appearance on Songs of Praise which came from St Wulfram’s. She was interviewed and picked a hymn on the programme.
John became chairman of the local spina bifida association when it was set up and was in the chair for 27 years.
He was also in the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force for 30 years and made his way up to Major and area commander.
Elizabeth likes gardening and sewing as well as theatre and travel.
John likes model railways and boats. He is a Manchester United fan and enjoys watching football.
Sally said her parents were still a very romantic couple. She said: “They are the most romantic couple you could know. My father always buys flowers and they are always holding hands.”