Melton couple clock up 60 years together

Ken & Margaret Pritchett, of Beaumont Gardens, Melton, who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding EMN-151020-100658001

Ken & Margaret Pritchett, of Beaumont Gardens, Melton, who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding EMN-151020-100658001

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Having different interests has been one of the secrets to the marriage of Melton couple Ken and Margaret Pritchett, who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding.

Margaret (78) is a keen Scrabble player and has a hoard of trophies from tournaments across the country.

And 81-year-old Ken has unearthed lots of historic jewellery from fields around Melton, including a Medieval gold ring which is now displayed in Melton Carnegie Museum.

She said: “It is good if you both have different interests but we also share a lot of interests too, such as our love of travelling over the years.”

The couple, who live in Beaumont Gardens, were married at St Mary’s Church, Melton, in October 1955.

Ken worked for 47 years at Shouler’s, in Melton, as auctioneer and office manager.

Margaret was an auxiliary nurse on the maternity ward at Melton Hospital for 30 years.

The couple had three children - Elaine (57), Paul (51) and Neil, who died aged 47. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A party was held with 44 family and friends at Scalford Hall, where £470 was donated to Melton Community First Responders.