Couple who have diamonds on the soles of their shoes
Anniversary couple follow in parents’ footsteps in celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss
A HAPPY couple have followed in both their parents’ footsteps after celebrating 60 years of marriage.
Chesham Bowling Club members John, 85, and Dorothy, 81, Burgin were married at St Lawrence Church in Bovingdon on August 13, 1955.
A congratulatory message from the Queen marked the day, which was extra special for the pair because both Mr Burgin’s late parents, Eddie and Beatrice Burgin and Mrs Burgin’s parents Theodore and Dorothy Brand also celebrated 60 years of married life.
Mrs Burgin said the secret to a happy union was “just getting along and sharing the same interests. We don’t fall out too much and you just take life as it comes. We get on and help each other.”
The couple both enjoy gardening and love playing bowls.
The Burgins, who live in Flaunden, met while they were both working on a poultry farm between Bovingdon and Chipperfield in the early 1950s.
Mrs Burgin added: “I was about 17 when I first met John, and he was 21. He used to wave at me from the tractor.”
The couple courted for four years before they were married in 1955.
After the poultry farm closed down, Mr Burgin went to work for his wife’s father, while Mrs Burgin went to join the Red Cross, where she served for 33 years as an ambulance driver and provided therapeutic care for the elderly. They then went on to set up a paving slab business from their small holding in Flaunden, from which Mr Burgin retired in 1995.
The pair havr
four children, David, Roger, Julie and Maria and seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and threemonth-old greatgrandchild Arabella.
The Burgins keep active with weekly tennis matches and games down at Chesham Bowling Club, in Bury Lane.
Mrs Burgin is one of the founding members of the Bovingdon and Flaunden Tennis Club and has also bowled at tournaments across the country.
She has also won the Flaunden village pancake race several years running, the last time being when she was 77.
John, 85, and Dorothy, 81, Burgin, are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary – their parents also reached the milestone
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