Diamond day for Bosham couple

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LOVE that first blossomed on a cricket pitch has culminated in a couple marking 60 years of marriage.

Beryl and Bud Cooper have lived all their married lives in Bosham, with Beryl having grown up in the village and Bud in nearby Chidham.

A friend contacted the Observer this week with a picture of the couple’s special day on June 5.

“It was one of those things,” 85-year-old Bud recalled this week of their first meeting.

“I played cricket and she was there. She used to do the scoring. That’s where we met, at the cricket field.”

The couple used to go dancing at Bosham village hall.

They married on June 5, 1954 in Holy Trinity Church, Bosham.

They have two children and five grandchilden.

“I couldn’t find anybody better, to be quite honest,” said Bud. “She looks after me.”

Beryl, 80, added: “The time’s gone very quickly, actually. We’ve joined in lots of things in Bosham.

“We’ve always taken an interest in the village. I’ve lived here all my life. We’re very local.”

She also recalled their meeting on the cricket field.

“He played cricket for Bosham. That’s where we met.

“We used to go to the old-time dancing every week in Bosham.”

Bud is the president of Bosham Horticultural Society and is involved in shows in the village and beyond.

Having lived all their lives in Bosham, Beryl said they now knew everyone in the village.

They both belong to the Monday club in Bosham, which meets every week.

Bud was also a member of the parish council for 12 years.