Ann and David’s 50 years

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations -

ASOUTHPORT cou­ple are look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing their golden wed­ding an­niver­sary this week­end.

Ann and David Bald­win, who live in Church­town, will have been mar­ried for 50 years this Satur­day (July 8).

Their love story be­gan af­ter meet­ing when Ann, now 71, was 16 years old and David, now 72, asked her to be his girl­friend on the “Red Rec” in High Park in South­port.

The cou­ple later got en­gaged at the age of 18, and mar­ried at the age of 21.

Ann, from High Park, and David, from Blow­ick, have two chil­dren Paul, 48, and Neil, 46.

They are also grand­par­ents to three grand­chil­dren Kathryn, Matthew, and April.

The pair, who both at­tended Me­ols Cop High School, very kindly shared the secret to a happy marriage.

Ann said: “To be suc­cess­ful in a marriage it is very im­por­tant that you can laugh to­gether, work to­gether to get through things and most im­por­tantly be there for each other.”

The cou­ple have very com­mon in­ter­ests also, which is sure to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their re­la­tion­ship. They have trav­elled the world dur­ing their time to­gether and en­joy tak­ing walks to keep ac­tive.

Ann ex­plained: “I didn’t get on a plane un­til 1995, and then I caught the travel bug. We’ve vis­ited loads of places, and we have a lot more yet to see.”

The cou­ple also en­sure that they raise money for the lo­cal char­ity South­port Stroke Club when­ever they can.

The happy cou­ple have pur­sued var­i­ous ca­reers dur­ing their time to­gether.

Ann’s most re­cent job was tak­ing chil­dren to school for Sefton Coun­cil, which she did for six and a half years, whilst David con­tin­ued to work as a post­man for 37 years be­fore re­tir­ing in 2007.

The pair have both re­tired now, with Ann re­tir­ing in 2011, and are sim­ply en­joy­ing their life to­gether.

To cel­e­brate this very special oc­ca­sion, they are hold­ing a cel­e­bra­tion with fam­ily and friends this Satur­day at South­port Old Links Golf Club.

For the cel­e­bra­tion, Ann and David have cre­ated a photo al­bum doc­u­ment­ing their time to­gether for guests to browse through and sign.

Ann said: “Mak­ing the al­bum made us re­flect on our mem­o­ries. We didn’t re­alise what a great life we’ve had.”

Be­gan danc­ing a few years later, gain­ing sev­eral na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ti­tles on the way. Craig and Ev­geniya met in 2010 and be­gan danc­ing to­gether, rep­re­sent­ing Great Bri­tain in World Cham­pi­onships in ball­room, the Amer­i­can smooth and show­dance. Las

Ann and David Bald­win, 71 and 72, from South­port, Church­town are cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of marriage since they mar­ried on July 8, 1967, left

CRAIG Shaw and his wife Ev­geniya are Bri­tish pro­fes­sional ball­room dancers – and now World Cham­pi­ons! Craig was born in Liver­pool and moved to South­port at the age of three. A former pupil of Christ the King school, he

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