Published March 10 2017 for The Wetherby News. Print.

A Tadcaster couple will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on March 11th.

Geoff and Ros Beal met in a local coffee house, where Ros was working and Geoff was a customer.

“It wasn’t very romantic I’m afraid! He asked me out, and we took it from there.” said Mrs Beal.

The couple married at St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster.

“I still can’t quite believe we have reached 50 years” added Mrs Beal.

Mrs Beal spent her working life as a hairdresser at Scissors Salon in Tadcaster. Mr Beale worked for the brewery before spending 25 years as a milkman. After all them early starts, he’s glad to spend mornings with Ros together relaxing.

“I even enjoy the odd lie in now and then” he said.

The family are massive Leeds United fans, and for Mr Beal, the wedding day brings back memories of when the club were flying high in the First Division under the management of Don Revie.

“What a team we had back then, Billy and the boys” he remembers. Their grandson Kewell was even named the club’s former Australian hero.

A keen footballer himself, their original newspaper engagement notice made mention of him being one of Sherburn White Rose Football Club’s star players.

“Because of the wedding day I had to give a game up!”

There was a proud day in the couples history, when back in 1963, at the start of the couple’s courtship, Ros was picked to be the Harrogate floral queen.

“It was an exciting time, and another proud day for all my family, as a few years previously to me winning the prize, my sister won it too. A Chrysanthemum was named after me at the Harrogate Flower Show that year.”

The couple will celebrate with a meal their children; Lucy and Emma, and grandchildren; Lauren, 22, Kewell, 16, William, 10 and Ella, 8. The location will be left a mystery until the day.

“Our girls have got somewhere booked for us – but it’s top secret. We’ll have to wait and see” said Mr Beal.

When asked what the secret to such a long and successful marriage was, Mr Beal said: “You need to have a bit of humour, and you need to treat each other as friends, it’s give and take”

They are sentiments that Mrs Beal happily shares: “We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We work together but still have our own interests. It’s important not to be joined at the hip.”