Di­a­mond day as cou­ple mark 60 fan­tas­tic years

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @emil­i­abonaTM

ABURSCOUGH cou­ple are cel­e­brat­ing their di­a­mond wed­ding an­niver­sary af­ter an amaz­ing 60 years of mar­riage.

Trevor and Joan Bridge mar­ried in St Paul’s, in Skelmers­dale, in 1957, and will cel­e­brate their di­a­mond an­niver­sary to­day.

Trevor, 88, and Joan, 80, now live in Burscough where they brought up their two chil­dren, Michael and Jane.

Jane re­vealed what she be­lieves to be the secret to her par­ents’ 60-year-long happy mar­riage, say­ing: “There’s been a lot of trust be­tween them and they shared things.

“My dad def­i­nitely knows who’s boss - he says ‘Yes sir, Joan,’ to ev­ery­thing.

“It’s def­i­nitely a twoway thing. When my brother was born, my mum packed up her job and helped my dad do his books. They are very much a part­ner­ship in ev­ery­thing.”

As well as trust­ing one an­other in ev­ery­thing, Jane said hav­ing their own in­ter­ests had been cru­cial to maintaining a happy mar­riage for so long.

She said: “They both played bowls and my dad has al­ways been in­volved in sport, like golf­ing and stuff, and my mum’s been quite happy with that.

“They’ve had their own in­ter­ests and done what they wanted to do, but then they’ve al­ways had shared in­ter­ests, too.”

Jane added that watch­ing her par­ents have such a lov­ing and happy re­la­tion­ship for so long has been “some­thing spe­cial to see” for her and her brother, Michael.

Now re­tired, Trevor used to run a mo­bile fruit and veg ser­vice in Burscough, de­liv­er­ing fresh pro­duce for nearly 50 years.

Af­ter leav­ing her job as a bank sec­re­tary when Michael was born, Joan helped Trevor run his busi­ness un­til he re­tired in 1991.

Since re­tir­ing, the pair have en­joyed their free time spent in the gar­den, and both of them took up bowl­ing with the Bri­tish Le­gion.

Proud grand­par­ents to Steph and Jamie, the cou­ple are look­ing for­ward to a fam­ily wed­ding and a grad­u­a­tion this sum­mer.

Trevor and Joan Bridge on their wed­ding day in Skelmers­dale 60 years ago, above – and still happy to­gether to­day, top left

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