Walsall Mayor, Councillor Angela Underhill welcomed another special couple to her parlour this week to share in their Diamond Wedding celebrations. Ronald and Beryl Beier from Bloxwich were invited to the Town Hall along with family and friends to celebrate not only their 60th wedding anniversary, but Ron’s 83rd birthday, too.
The couple married on February 18th 1956 (pictured, above) at All Saints Church in Bloxwich and spent their honeymoon in London. They are proud parents to daughter Jan, son Michael, grandchildren; Jennie, Helen, Amy and Alex as well as great grandparents to the youngest members of the party, Harrison, Isaac and Amelia.
Beryl, surrounded by her large loving family recalled their first afternoon out some 61 years earlier and a long shared history.
She said “I suppose you could day it was Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr that brought us together, because on our very first date in 1955 we travelled to Birmingham by bus to catch a matinee of ‘An Affair to Remember.’ It was on at the Odeon cinema – I don’t really remember too much about the film, but I do remember how special Ron made me feel that day and all the days since.”
Beryl and Ron met at ‘WR Wheway’ the chain making firm in Walsall where they both worked from the mid 1950’s.
Beryl said: “Actually it was Ron who approached me first in April of 1995, he asked me out but didn’t succeed at first, he was persistent though and in the end got the right response. That was the start of our courtship and love must have blossomed quickly because we got engaged during a summer holiday in Torquay, which was within three months of us meeting”
The happy couple and assorted guests enjoyed afternoon tea, cakes and were toasted with champagne. They spent two hours with the Mayor and shared memories and photos of their years together in Walsall, as seen in the colour picture above.
Beryl said; “We feel so privileged, not only have we received congratulations from the Queen, but this the icing on the anniversary cake. It was a lovely thing for the Mayor to have done for us and it’s been extra special as it was Ron’s 83rdth birthday, too. On top of this our son whose been working in Bulgaria turned up to surprise us. Our daughter Jan has been brilliant to organise all of this and keep everyone quiet about it. Amazing! “
“Family is everything to us and it’s been such a wonderful l afternoon. The Mayoral Parlour is lovely and to have our family and friends with us on a doubly special day and in such great surroundings makes us feel blessed. “
When asked what the recipe was for a long and happy marriage, Ron who had been listening intently to Beryl straightaway added; “A lasting and loving marriage is all about mutual respect, talking things through and being content with each other and life.”
And in summing up their sixty year partnership Beryl’s final words on the matter were:
“Day to day we never tire of being together and are always at each other’s side. “
Walsall Mayor, Councillor Angela Underhill said; “I am delighted that Ron and Beryl could join me on their special diamond anniversary and on Ron’s birthday. They are a delightful and devoted couple who have raised and supported a lovely family – who are here to celebrate with them. I wish them many more happy years together.”
Is your 60th coming up?
If you’re approaching your 60th wedding anniversary, or know of a Walsall couple who will reach this marital milestone – the Mayoral Office is accepting nominations from diamond couples up until May 2016.
Please write, or email your request to;
Mayor’s Personal Assistant
Legal and Democratic Services
The Mayor’s Parlour
The Council House
Walsall WS1 1TP