Couple create town where they first met in shed

Childhood sweethearts Stanley and Christine Buck have created a model of a 1950s town to remind them of “happy times”.

The retired couple, of Whittlesey, Cambs, have spent much of the past 20 years crafting the MDF replica.

The 1:24inch scale model features a variety of places that hold memories for them, including the coffee shop in Greenford, London, where they met in 1957.

Mrs Buck, 68, said she and her husband, a 75-year-old former factory worker, had spent thousands of hours on the project.

“I used to do it all day, as well as the housework,” said the mother-of-two, who has nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

“I’m the artistic one and he makes the buildings.”

She said the model, which is 24ft in length and 2ft deep, was based on 1950s architecture and fashions.

“It’s a collection of buildings we’ve known or that remind us of places that we’ve been to,” she said. “We get pleasure from looking at it. It has memories for us.

“It’s more about the period than any particular place.”

The cinema where they went on a date is included in the town centre model, along with houses, flats and shops.

The couple, who celebrate their golden wedding next year, have welcomed visitors from neighbouring counties to view their work, which is stored in a garden shed.

By Andrew Wilcox

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