Couple who met on Market Place celebrate diamond anniversary

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A FORMER Hucknall couple who met on the Market Place in the town in the late 1940s have celebrated their landmark 60th wedding anniversary.

Sweethearts Mavis and Frank Neale, who now live in Suffolk, celebrated reaching the milestone by making a return to Hucknall.

Neale diamond weddin 1

Neale diamond weddin 1

They celebrated with family and friends with a meal out at the Burntstump restaurant in Arnold, where they were showered with presents and flowers from wellwishers.

Their day was topped off when they received a congratulatory card from the Queen and they also spent an evening catching up with friends at Hucknall Liberal Club on West Street.

The pair married at Nottingham Register Office on December 15, 1951.

Frank (81) and Mavis (77) lived on Salterford Road in Hucknall after tying the knot and then moved to Greenwood Avenue in the town where they brought up their three children, Geoff, Peter and Ann.

They lived there until 2003 when they decided to move to the countryside village of Rattlesden in Suffolk to spend more time with their daughter.

Frank grew up on Tilford Road in Newstead and attended Newstead School before leaving in his mid-teens to start his career as a miner.

He worked at Newstead Colliery for more than 40 years until it was closed down and he was also a keen footballer in this time, playing for the colliery team and Hucknall YMCA.

A talented right back in his earlier years, Frank fondly recalls once scoring a goal directly from a corner to the surprise of his teammates.

These days, Frank enjoys a spot of gardening and spending time with his family, which includes three grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

Mavis (nee Whotton) grew up on Washdyke Lane in Hucknall and went to the Hucknall National School in the town. She left at the age of 14 to work at a knitwear factory in Hucknall.

She worked there until she was 21 and also worked in Basford and as a cleaner at National School after she was married.

Frank says he can remember every minute of meeting his future wife all those years ago.

“I have been as happy with her as she has been with me for all these years,” he added.

n OUR PHOTOS SHOW Frank and Mavis in their younger days and now