Grocers’ shop meeting led to 50 years’ wedded bliss for Higham Ferrers couple

Mick and Maureen Beesley
Mick and Maureen Beesley

A couple who met more than 50 years ago over a grocer’s counter have celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss.

Mick, 72, and Maureen Beesley, 69, from John White Close in Higham Ferrers were congratulated on reaching their golden wedding anniversary by 40 family and friends at a bash at Rushden Bowls Club last Saturday evening (July 4).

Golden Wedding: Higham Ferrers: Mick and Maureen Beesley Higham Ferrers, celebrating Golden Wedding anniversary. Actual day Tuesday 30th June 'Saturday July 4th 2015 NNL-150507-192650009

Golden Wedding: Higham Ferrers: Mick and Maureen Beesley Higham Ferrers, celebrating Golden Wedding anniversary. Actual day Tuesday 30th June 'Saturday July 4th 2015 NNL-150507-192650009

Mr Beesley had been due to undergo a heart operation a few days before the couple’s 50th anniversary, but it was delayed so the couple could celebrate.

The couple met when Mr Beesley, who worked at a butchers, was delivering meat to a shop in Higham Ferrers.

Mrs Beesley said: “He used to stop at the shop and have something to eat and we just got talking from there really.”

The couple got married about three years after meeting at Higham Ferrers Methodist Church.

They went on to have three children, Lisa, 46, Laura, 31 and Gary, 29.

Mrs Beesley said: “I did a lot of shop work until Lisa came along and then I took some time off.

“I went back to work later but then after the other children were born I went in to the shoe trade.”

Mr Beesley worked for a number of years as a butcher but then himself moved into the shoe trade, working in a number of factories in the Higham Ferrers area.

They have lived in Higham Ferrers throughout their married life.

The couple, who are now both retired, have three grand-children, Matthew, Chloe and Kieran, and Mrs Beesley said they spend a lot of time with their family now that they are retired.

She added: “I think the secret to a long marriage is give and take.

“We do not say ‘this is mine and that is yours’ or ‘I will do that and you do this’, we share everything between us.”