Dancing partners for 60 years

Diamond wedding couple Tony and Brenda Boughton from Bury.
Diamond wedding couple Tony and Brenda Boughton from Bury.

IT was ballroom dancing that brought Tony and Brenda Boughton together and yesterday they celebrated their diamond wedding.

Brenda recalls that she first saw her future husband at Bury St Edmunds’ Athenaeum shortly after he was demobbed from the Army.

“Tony was standing in the doorway and asked me to dance,” she said.

Because they worked a few doors from each other in Abbeygate Street, Tony at a dry cleaners and Brenda in Dun’s Restaurant, they kept seeing each other.

But then they met again at an Athenaeum dance and romance blossomed so within a year they were married at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the day before Tony’s 23rd birthday. Brenda was 20.

Now of Northumberland Avenue, Bury, they have a son Christopher and daughter Wendy Garnham, six grandchildren and a great grandson.

Tony went from the dry cleaners to work at television camera stand manufacturers Vinten for 33 years, finishing as a precision engineer.

Tony said: “We’ve been very very tolerant of each other and it’s been a very loving relationship.

“One of the main things is we never went to bed on a quarrel. We never went to bed and sulked.”