Diamond day for Royston couple

PUBLISHED: 19:39 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

FRED and GRACE HUGHES

FRED and GRACE HUGHES

A ROYSTON couple who met by chance at a bus stop have celebrated 60 years of marriage. Fred and Grace Hughes, of Ermine Way, Royston, enjoyed a party at the Banyers Hotel to mark their diamond wedding anniversary. Heather Andrews, their daughter, said:

A ROYSTON couple who met by chance at a bus stop have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Fred and Grace Hughes, of Ermine Way, Royston, enjoyed a party at the Banyers Hotel to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

Heather Andrews, their daughter, said: "Mum and dad met when they were both waiting for a bus in London.

"Dad was reading a newspaper and mum was looking over his shoulder at one of the pages.

"He asked her if she minded him turning the page and they got talking from there."

And although they didn't know it at the time Fred and Grace already had some common ground.

"Dad was based in London at the time, but his sister was living in Royston, just like mum. It was a real coincidence," said Mrs Andrews.

Fred, 88, moved to Royston after the couple married in 1948.

He spent most of his working life in the building trade, and used to volunteer at Royston Museum in his spare time.

He is a former chairman of the Roysia Over-60s club and was involved with the management of the Coombes Community Centre in Burns Road.

Grace, also 88, has lived in Royston since she was 14.

She was a laboratory technician at Johnson Matthey and was once a volunteer with Royston and South Cambridge-shire Home-Start.

The couple have three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Mrs Andrews said: "I think they both enjoyed the party, and they got a card from the Queen which they were really pleased with.

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