IT’S not just the Queen who’s celebrating the 60-year anniversary of a life-changing event - Alan and Rene Bean are, too.
Alan and Rene, who are both aged 80 and live in Withybrook, married on June 7 1952, at Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire.
The couple met on Armistice Day in 1946. Army Cadet Alan was at the cenotaph in Bishops Stortford. Rene said: “I noticed this tall, dark, handsome lad - I thought ‘ooh, he’s a bit of alright’.
“I went home and my friend chatted him up for me and the next week we went to the pictures.”
Three years later Alan gave Rene an engagement ring in the romantic setting of Hyde Park, giving her a hint of his intentions when he said while walking together: “Do you think we will ever own a house like that?” Rene realised this was a proposal and accepted.
After the wedding, Alan, who was in the RAF and was a deferred apprentice, had to return to base. He was honoured on June 2 1953 as part of the Guard of honour at the Coronation.
The couple have two children, Richard and Gilly, six grandchildren and three great-grandsons.
In 1969 the family moved to Allesley in Coventry when Alan became machine tool production manager at Alfred Herbert.On retiring in 1981 Alan and Rene joined with another family member in purchasing the Pheasant pub at Withybrook.
Alan worked on maintenance, while Rene served behind the bar for 31 years.
Regarding the secret of marital success, Alan said: “Respect and trust are so important to any relationship.”
Rene said: “There weren’t the pressures then - you enjoyed what you had, not what you wanted and I always gave Alan the last word -‘yes dear’.”
Rene can still be seen in the Pheasant making sure everything is in order.