IT was with a card from Her Majesty The Queen, and a family meal at the Coach And Horses, in Weatherbrook, that Doug and Beryl March celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss.
The happy couple were both born in Cardiff, and it was there they met at a dance in 1945. This meeting followed Doug’s family moving to Birmingham and back, Doug himself being sent overseas with the RAF, and Beryl working for the Civil Service in the War Damage Commission Department.
When the war finished, Doug’s family moved back to Birmingham and Beryl also came to live in digs in the city. It was two years later, on August 13, 1949, that the lovestruck couple were married, at Hall Green Church of the Ascension, and honeymooned at The Chilterns Hotel, in Bournemouth.
They lived with Doug’s Father, James March, for a number of years in Brooklands Road, Hall Green, Beryl being a housewife and looking after the couple’s two children, Howard and Debbie, while Doug went began working at the National Provincial Bank. The family moved briefly to Redditch for four years due to Doug’s job transfer, but returned to Hall Green where he was moved to the National Westminster Bank, in Kings Heath, as Sub Bank Manager where he worked for a number of years until his retirement.
Doug and Beryl have now lived in Petersfield Road for over 40 years. They are both now honorary members of Hall Green Tennis Club, joining in 1948 when it was called Sparkhill Tennis Club, and Doug was a valued team player playing social tennis into his seventies, while Beryl helped with catering at the venue for many years.
Doug was also a keen golfer until recently, and still enjoys his Tuesday night game of snooker, and Beryl has recently celebrated 45 years of membership at the Hall Green Church of the Ascension – moving through the ranks of the Young Wives, and onto the Mothers’ Union.
The couple have three grandsons and one granddaughter, and recently celebrated Doug’s 85th birthday (August 8).