Clocking On Machine Plays Cupid For A Day

Clocking In Machine Brings Opportunities Never Imagined By Its Inventors

Clocking in and clocking out takes but a few seconds, but that was long enough for soon to be sweethearts Michael and Margaret’s eyes to meet over there clock cards. The humble clocking in machine  sparked a romance that led to a marriage of 50 years.

8:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News

Clocking on for 50 happy years
Image copyright Andover Advertiser
Image copyright Andover Advertiser

A COUPLE who met while working in a flour mill over 50 years ago have just celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary.

Margaret and Michael Fraher, from Launcelot Close Andover, who were married at Andover Register Office on 12 October 1963, celebrated 50 years of marriage on Saturday.

The pair first met at McDougalls flour mill when new employee Michael was struggling with the clocking-in machine and Margaret stepped in to help.

Michael had moved to England from Ireland in 1952, and was travelling from London on the train to get some work when he saw the flour mill and got off the train to get a job.

This led to his chance meeting with Margaret which initially started with waves across the work place before developing into something a little more serious.

Michael said: “I knew something was going to make us work for 50 years.

“I want another 50 years.”

Micheal’s career has seen him refuelling aeroplanes for the RAF and working for AJ Dennings for 23-and-ahalf years.

Margaret spent her working life cleaning at various places including Portals and also worked at the RAF as a messenger delivering mail.

Michael said: “We are not well off, but it’s not money it’s what is in your heart that counts.” More here…


It just goes to show that true love can happen at any moment, and when you least expect it.  Could we see the day when clocking in machines are used by dating agencies, a sort of a clocking in machine speed dating. Who knows, stranger things have happened!

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