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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Ex Maryport coastguard and his wife celebrate 50 golden years

With more than 700 bombs in the mix, Bob and Roberta Beck’s marriage could have been an explosive affair.

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TOAST: Bert and Bob Beck, of Maryport, celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Thursday

Instead, the former boss of the Maryport Coastguard team and his wife, known to everyone as Bert, are about to celebrate 50 years as husband and wife.

The High Street couple, both aged 72, met on a dance floor in Blackpool where they were both on holiday, Bob from Maryport and Bert from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

It was a holiday romance that lasted and, after enduring a long distance relationship for a while, Bob eventually moved to Scunthorpe. They were married in Scunthorpe on September 4, 1964.

They returned to Maryport six years later.

Bert worked at the Bata shoe factory and a local food processing plant, cleaned offices, worked in the Carlton Cinema when it became a bingo hall, and worked at the town’s Navy Club.

Bob was an engineer, and later a lorry driver. He also spent nearly 30 years with the Coastguard, which is where the bombs came in.

He recalled: “During my time in the Coastguard we found more than 700 unexploded bombs in what we called Bomb Alley, which was the section of beach between Mawbray and Beckfoot.”

The couple’s secret to a 50-year marriage is simple. Bob said: “We said our vows and meant them. There have been ups and downs but that is part of it.”

The couple will celebrate their anniversary with their three daughters, three granddaughters, family and friends.

They also recently treated themselves to a trip to Canada to visit Bob’s brother.

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