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Lifelong sportsman looks back on 50 years of marriage.

Loughborough Monitor - 18th September 1975

Well known Quorn sportsman Mr Thomas Albert Brown and his wife Bertha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last weekend with a surprise family party.

The couple, who live at 46 Unitt Road, Quorn, celebrated their actual golden day on Friday with a dinner for eight. But on Saturday they attended a large family get together at Mountsorrel Memorial Hall. There the couple's five sons, one daughter, 20 of their 22 grandchildren and one of their three great grandchildren attended the celebration party.

The Browns received more that 36 cards, five bouquets of flowers and many gifts.

Mr Brown (71) who comes from Quorn met his Loughborough born wife in Quorn and courted her for two and a half years before they married at Loughborough Registry Office on September 12th, 1925.

He was then a presser in the boot and shoe trade. Shortly after he worked at Syston for three months, before moving back to Quorn where he worked in the building trade for 36 years. He worked a further nine years at Mountsorrel quarries before he retired seven years ago.

Mrs Brown (70) worked in the hosiery industry. When she married she changed her job, moving to the kitchens of the Bulls Head Hotel at Quorn for 10 years. Later she worked for another hosiery firm.

Although Mr Brown is retired, he still pursues his main interest, sport. He was the first club secretary of Quorn Football Club when it was formed in the days of the Boys Life Brigade. He later became groundsman and trainer.

He was an umpire for Quorn Cricket Club for more than 20 years. Today he still watches Leicestershire Cricket Club and is delighted that they have won the County Championship this year.

Now he has transferred his sporting interest inside and is on the winning side. For he has won six trophies from the Barrow-on-Soar Working Men's Club in the Syston and District Long Alley Skittle League. He won Mountsorrel WMC's dominoes singles title three times and has won the crib singles once. For three years he was runner up in the dominoes pairs, but won the cup this year. In 1973 he was nominated the Sportsman of the Year.

He has numerous cups and trophies to record his success, and he has given a trophy to the oldest grandchild of each family. A highlight in his life is when he umpired the play off between Ibstock Baptist and Long Whatton for the North Leicestershire Cricket League championship.

 Submitted on: 2011-01-12
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1167
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