Cowplain’s Beryl and Chris celebrate their golden wedding anniversary

Chris and Beryl Scott
Chris and Beryl Scott
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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They might only have been teenagers when they met, but the love they share has spanned the decades.

Beryl and Chris Scott will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Friday – that’s an incredible 50 years of marriage.

Chris and Beryl Scott

Chris and Beryl Scott

The couple, from Cowplain, were introduced on a blind date in their home town of Loughton, Essex.

‘I was 17 and Beryl was 16,’ says Chris. ‘We met one Sunday afternoon at her home on a blind date set up by my brother Ron and her sister Eileen.

‘That was four years before we got married.’

Beryl, now 70, and Chris, 71, were married on October 7 1961 in Loughton.

They moved to Hampshire when Chris joined the Royal Marines and went on to have three sons together, Stephen, Lee and Michael.

‘We enjoyed each other’s company and shared each other’s interests,’ says Chris. ‘We still share similar interests and at the same time we give each other a certain amount of freedom. Beryl has got her own interests and I’ve got my own interests. We respect and trust each other.’

The couple have six grandchildren and are both involved in the Waterlooville Scouting movement, with Chris working with adults and Beryl devoting her time to the Cubs and Beavers.

This month actually marks a double celebration – as well as their golden wedding anniversary, they are looking forward to a visit to Buckingham Palace in two weeks’ time.

‘Beryl was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Padnell Infant School and the community,’ explains proud Chris.

The couple celebrated their anniversary with a cruise and a holiday to Ireland. On Saturday they’ll mark the day with a church blessing, surrounded by family and friends.