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Broken window leads to life of happiness

PUBLISHED: 22:42 05 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

FATE, or rather a football smashing through a window, brought this couple together more than half a century ago.

Val (Percival) and Beryl Tricker celebrated 50 years of married life on Saturday > and they have a wayward strike at goal to thank for their initial meeting.

FATE, or rather a football smashing through a window, brought this couple together more than half a century ago.

Val (Percival) and Beryl Tricker celebrated 50 years of married life on Saturday > and they have a wayward strike at goal to thank for their initial meeting.

Val, 72, takes up the story: "I remember it very clearly. I was playing football on the village green at Holbrook when a boy kicked the ball through someone's window.

"We all went to the street to get our bikes and bumped into a couple of girls."

That was back in 1944 when Val and Beryl were both just 14.

The young couple got chatting and rode their bikes back to Ipswich before embarking on their first date.

Romance blossomed and seven years later they married at St Margaret's Church in Ipswich.

After living at addresses in Holbrook and Ipswich the couple moved to their present Beechcroft Road home in 1963.

Before retiring Val and Beryl both worked for the Ipswich Co-operative Society. Val also worked for J Sainsbury.

They have two daughters, Diane and Christine, and four grandchildren.

On Saturday they will celebrate their anniversary with a party for friends and family at Roundwood Bowls Club – a love of bowls is one of many things the couple share.

Val said: "We are both particularly committed to bowls. I have bowling since I was 21 and have been at Roundwood Bowls Club for 41 years. Beryl is a founder member of the ladies section that started in 1971."

He added: "I think it's important to have something in common. Being able to share in each other's interests helps have a long marriage."

But their successful marriage isn't all down to footballs and bowling balls.

Val said: "Of course we have arguments but we never go to sleep on a quarrel."

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