Cou­ple who have di­a­monds on the soles of their shoes

An­niver­sary cou­ple fol­low in par­ents’ foot­steps in cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of wed­ded bliss

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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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