Farmers notch up 60 ‘royal’ years

It’s not just the Queen who’ll be celebrating this June – two farmers will also be marking their “diamond jubilee”.

Identical twins Tom and Harold Bickerton have also enjoyed the same job for 60 years and are seeing the occasion as the ideal time to reminisce about the Queen’s Coronation, as well as their own foray into farming.

The pair, 90, still start their working day at dawn, plus drive tractors and feed cattle.

“I’d say the Queen has seen staff come and go and knows all the pitfalls of the role – just as we do in farming,” says Harold. “After carrying out the same job for 60 years or more, you know it inside and out.”

The brothers were working on Sunnyside Dairy Farm in Leighton, Crewe, when the Queen was crowned.

They will be among many people across Cheshire East who, over the 2-5 June bank holiday, will remember the past 60 years.

Cheshire East Council, meanwhile, is hoping to see a “summer of fun”, with the Cheshire Community Foundation distributing cash to communities to help them celebrate. They are giving £100 per community group on a first-come, first-served basis to throw a street party or use a local park or playing fields to host an “royal” event. Community groups can apply here.

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