Memorial benches will be lasting tributes to generous Houghton couple

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.
Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.
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Two memorial benches will stand side by side as a lasting tribute in memory of a generous couple.

Funds have been raised to install two benches in memory of Wilf and Anne Husband.

The couple, who had two children, Janette and Wilfred, lived in Market Place all their lives and were well known not only for their business – Wilf Husband, an aggregate supplier company – but also for their acts of goodwill to local people.

Mr Husband passed away this year on June 7, aged 73. His wife died, aged 65, on March 17, 2010.

The Husbands were known to sponsor local football and boxing clubs, including the former Hetton Boxing Club, and still sponsor Houghton Boxing Club. Mr Husband would also display old motors at the annual Houghton Feast.

It was this generosity that sparked family friend Beverley Bainbridge to launch a Go Fund Me appeal, to raise £5,000 needed for two memorial benches in the couple’s memory.

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.

The benches will be installed on what would have been Mrs Husband’s 70th birthday.

“They were just lovely people,” Ms Bainbridge said. “I can’t say that enough.

“They are a well-known family and Wilf was a popular man.

“ I went on the Houghton Heritage Facebook page and put a message out there to see if anybody thought it was a good idea.

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.

“I set up a fundraising page about six weeks ago and it took just two weeks for the money to come in”

About £ 3,420 was raised for the benches and the second was paid for by the couple’s daughter Janette and son Wilfred. They will be installed near their family home on November 17.

Janette, 51, will attend the unveiling ceremony along with the rest of the family

“Everybody has been so kind,” Janette said. “I really cannot thank Beverley enough and a big thanks also goes to John Ritchie for all his help.

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.

Wilfred and Janette Husband who are having benches installed at Market Place, Houghton, in memory of their parents Wilfred and Anne.

“My mum and dad would help anybody if they could. I don’t think people have forgotten that.

“Houghton was where they were born and bred. They would never leave here because this is where their heart was. They lived for their family.”