Priors Hardwick couple celebrate platinum wedding anniversary

Eric and Beryl Pile NNL-180409-151209001
Eric and Beryl Pile NNL-180409-151209001

A couple from Priors Hardwick enjoyed a family gathering on their platinum wedding anniversary.

Eric and Beryl Pile married on September 3, 1948 so this week celebrated 70 years.

They enjoyed a get-together at home with their two daughters and families.

Neighbours called in too to wish the couple congratulations and a very happy anniversary.

Along with other cards, Mr and Mrs Pile received a congratulatory message from HM The Queen.

Beryl was born in Banbury and became a school teacher at Wroxton.

Eric was a farmer’s son from Avon Dassett who left the family farm to become a radio officer in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War.

His ship was torpedoed in 1941 and he was rescued by a Portuguese ship after two perilous weeks afloat in a small boat.

The two were married in 1948 at St Mary’s Church, Banbury where Beryl’s father used to sing in the choir.

In 1953 they moved to their present home to farm at Priors Hardwick where Eric has been involved with parish affairs and as a church warden for many years.

The couple have four grandchildren, one great grandchild and another due.

Statistics show only 30 couples reach this milestone every year.