Max returns to town to present trophy in memory of his wife

Bethany Swales, Imogen Clifton and Rachel Clifton receive the Joyce Peacock Memorial Shield from Max Bacon, his daughter Julie Mocellin and son-in-law Roberto - Julie is holding a picture of her father and mother on their wedding day

Bethany Swales, Imogen Clifton and Rachel Clifton receive the Joyce Peacock Memorial Shield from Max Bacon, his daughter Julie Mocellin and son-in-law Roberto - Julie is holding a picture of her father and mother on their wedding day

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A former Bury St Edmunds postman returned to the town to present a trophy to a Girls Brigade company in memory of his late wife.

Max Bacon, 79, of Warwick, awarded the Joyce Peacock memorial shield to a team of the Third Bury St Edmunds Girls Brigade at Garland Street Baptist Church on Friday.

It was in tribute to his wife Joyce, who was a member of the company for 10 years and passed away last April aged 84.

The accolade will be presented annually to the team who achieves the most points in a variety of activities throughout the year.

Mr Bacon said: “We all loved Joyce so much and we wanted to perpetuate her name somewhere where she enjoyed life.”

The pair met while both working for Bury Post Office - Mr Bacon started as a telegram boy and later became a postman - and married at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Mr Bacon’s original Christian name was George but changed it while serving in the Grenadier Guards.

He said: “There was a jazz drummer called Max Bacon. I was on guard at Buckingham Palace and the sergeant said ‘I’m going to call you Max from now on’ so I’m still known as Max.”

The couple moved to Lincoln where Mr Bacon entered the world of finance and his wife became a live at home mother.

When they moved to Warwick she worked part time at a sub post office.

Mr Bacon would like to hear from anyone in Bury who remembers him and his wife.

Contact him on 01926 425420.