Marriage down to a tea for diamond duo

Ben and Maureen Walker.
Ben and Maureen Walker.

A Heysham couple marking 60 years of marriage celebrated by returning to the Midland Hotel where they enjoyed their wedding reception.

Ben and Maureen Walker, aged 85 and 80 respectively, were joined by friends and family to reminisce with laughter, tears and joy at their diamond wedding celebration on Thursday.

They were married at St Peter’s Church in Heysham on March 27, 1954.

Mr Walker was born in Preston in 1928 and grew up in the city. After carrying out National Service duties in post-war Germany, he joined Lancashire Police. He met his wife, then Maureen Henderson, on the beat in Heysham.

Mrs Walker, who was born in Heysham in 1933, is the daughter of Bruce and Annie Henderson, whose family established the village’s Hadaths Tea Gardens in 1900.

Mr and Mrs Walker ran Hadaths until their retirement in 1989.

Hadaths Tea Gardens was a family-run business which, for 100 years, was renowned throughout Lancashire and further afield for homemade custard, cakes, afternoon teas and fresh salmon, chicken and ham salads.

It drew locals, visitors and coach parties from across the north west to enjoy fresh homemade foods and a warm welcome by the sea.