Golden couple defied parents

PUBLISHED: 11:54 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 May 2010

Ken and Beryl George 50 years on from the day their wedding was covered in the Dagenham Post

Ken and Beryl George 50 years on from the day their wedding was covered in the Dagenham Post

THIS happy couple have defied the odds and proved that young love can last the course. When Ken George asked for his sweetheart s hand in marriage her father was adamant they should wait until the following year when the bride-to-be turned 21. But 23-year

THIS happy couple have defied the odds and proved that young love can last the course.

When Ken George asked for his sweetheart's hand in marriage her father was adamant they should wait until the following year when the bride-to-be turned 21.

But 23-year-old Ken and his future bride, Beryl, were determined to tie the knot straight away.

"We had been together for three years and we wanted to get married and settle down," said Ken.

"Her parents would not give permission so us being bloody-minded we went to Stratford Magistrates' Court and they over-ruled her mum and dad."

With the court's permission the couple tied the knot at St Albans Church in Dagenham, on August 4, 1956.

Ken, 73 and Beryl, 70, now live in Wisden Road, Stevenage, and are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

When they married, Beryl's parents refused to attend and instead her brother-in-law walked her down the aisle.

The week of the wedding the story made front page news of our sister paper - the Dagenham Post.

Ken said: "We still have a copy of the paper, it was our five minutes of fame."

Following the wedding the couple moved in with Ken's mum before buying their first home together in Rainham, Essex. The couple moved from Dagenham to Stevenage 37 years ago and the couple eventually buried the hatchet with Beryl's parents.

Ken and Beryl will be holding a party at a hotel in Baldock and they have 20 relatives coming, including their two sons, Paul and Colin, and their grandchildren, Brendan and Taylor.


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