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Diamond couple tell of love for gardening
5:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
DIAMOND COUPLE: George and Lil Hopkins as they are now and on their wedding day 60 years ago. 4213430402.
A DIAMOND wedding couple hardly know the meaning of retirement and they wouldn't have it any other way.
George and Lil Hopkins, of Birch Close, Ledbury, still like to travel out to Castle Frome church, where they cut the grass as volunteers, and Mr Hopkins only retired from farm work last year at the grand old age of 83.
This year he couldn’t resist the call of the land and went hop picking, and he and Mrs Hopkins are popular regulars at the Ledbury Allotments, off the Bosbury Road.
Mr Hopkins said: “I hate it when I have nothing to do.”
As a result, he is the proud holder of a Long Service Agricultural Award from the Three Counties Agricultural Society – having spent 63 years on the land at Mill End Farm, Castle Frome, a job he loved.
Mrs Hopkins is also a keen gardener, and she enjoys doing her crossword puzzles most evenings.
The happy couple celebrated their diamond wedding yesterday (Thursday) with a party for family and friends at Bishop’s Frome village centre.
The couple were married at St Matthew’s Church, Castle Frome, and moved into a new flat at Fromes Hill.
But when the chance of a farm cottage at Mill End came up, they moved and remained there for 46 years.
While Mr Hopkins worked on the land, Mrs Hopkins, aged 82, worked at Ledbury Preserves – cycling in for the first four years all the way from Castle Frome, even in the winter. She worked there for 24 years.
The couple have three children – Alan, Eunice and Sally.
When asked what is the secret of a long and happy marriage? – Mrs Hopkins said to her husband: “We’ve just been fine, haven’t we?”
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