A Banbury couple celebrated 60 years of marriage with a family lunch at the Saye & Sele Arms in Broughton last Thursday.
Harry and Beryl Parry of Neithrop Avenue first met while Mr Parry was a 20-year-old trainee at Cheptsow’s George Mason grocery store in 1950.
They got engaged on the Queen’s Coronation Day in 1953 and were married in Tidenham, Forest of Dean on June 12, 1954.
The couple moved to Banbury to take over the town’s George Mason branch, then based in High Street.
Mr Parry, 85, became involved with the Banbury Sea Cadets as a lieutenant. In 1959 he formed the Sea Cadets Marching Band and composed music and marches, playing bass, bugle, drums, trumpet and double bass. He was also a town councillor from 1969 to 1974. The couple worked together at George Masons, International Stores and then running the Bacon Slice in White Lion Walk until they retired. Mrs Parry, 85, co-ordinated the refreshments at Banbury Operatic Society for 45 years and was also an excellent ballroom dancer.
The couple’s daughter, Lorraine Khan, said: “They really have been stalwarts of this town. They have shared their wisdom and sense of humour with many and couldn’t be more loved as parents. They really are great company.” The couple also have a son, Adrian, and three grandchildren.