Cycle trip led to 60 years of married life for Bury couple

Diamond wedding of Peter and Mavis Hanson from Bury.
Diamond wedding of Peter and Mavis Hanson from Bury.
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Cycling brought Peter and Mavis Hanson together.

The couple, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary today, met on a cycle ride in 1949.

Diamond wedding of Peter and Mavis Hanson from Bury.

Diamond wedding of Peter and Mavis Hanson from Bury.

But while Mavis’ family were bakers in Towcester, Peter lived on the other side of Northampton.

“I used to bike 25 miles a night to see her,” he said at their home in Bronyon Close, Bury St Edmunds.

The post war housing shortage meant they could not buy a house in Northampton and get married until 1953, so he cycled a lot.

They bought their current home in 1967 after Peter, who was a process engraver, was made redundant and got a job at the Bury Free Press.

His union gave him a ‘white card’ which gave him priority on any print jobs available.

Mavis said: “He came home and said ‘I’ve got a white card for a job in Bury St Edmunds’ and I said ‘where the hell’s that?’. We’d only cycled as far as Cambridge.”

But they came for an interview, got the job and agreed to buy the Bronyon Road house all on the same day.

Mavis, 80, and Peter, 87, have three children, four grand children and four great grandchildren.