What a Carry On as choir plots surprise for Leighton Buzzard couple’s diamond wedding anniversary

David and Pearl Eagles in the mock ceremony
David and Pearl Eagles in the mock ceremony

A Leighton Buzzard couple’s diamond wedding anniversary was celebrated with classic Carry On capers, thanks to the Rock of Ages Choir!

David and Pearl Eagles have been members of the choir for years, and as their 60th milestone came up – the choir hatched a unique way to mark the occasion.

Taken on a mystery tour to Rutland, the Eagles donned a bowler hat and wedding veil and took part in a mock renewal of their vows, courtesy of a pretend vicar – with three members of the choir band providing a drumroll.

“It was great fun and such an unusual way to celebrate,” said Pearl. “The choir members had said they were going to take us out, but they wouldn’t tell us where!

“They all chipped in and hired a big coach to take us to Rutland Lakes. They took us on a boat all around the lake and then we went to a village called Wing – which everyone thought was the village near Leighton Buzzard.”

After arriving in Rutland on a coach, choir members were told they would soon afterwards be travelling to Wing for lunch. Unbeknownst to them, the ‘Wing’ in question was actually a village in Rutland, twinned with its namesake near Leighton Buzzard.

“People on the bus were wondering why we were going back to Wing so soon after arriving,” laughed choir member Frances Dell. “It was very funny when we arrived at the village a short time later and it all became clear!”

David and Pearl Eagles were married in Stonebridge, near Wembley, in 1958. They have two daughters, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.