Red Lodge pair marks 60 years of marriage proving opposites attract
A Red Lodge couple who ‘couldn’t be more different’ celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week, proving opposites do attract.
Christine and Edward Burns, of Plantation Way, met while working across the road from each other near Manor Park, London, where Edward, originally from Cork in Ireland, owned a greengrocers and Christine, from Ilford, worked in a dress shop.
The pair were married at St Anthony’s Church, in Forest Gate, a year later on September 6, 1958.
“The day didn’t go to plan. First the driver couldn’t find the church so I was late and then the first thing Edward did afterwards was light a cigarette and burn a hole in my veil,” said Christine, 80.
The couple had five sons, Timothy, Jeremy, Nicholas, Christopher and Jonathan. They also have 12 grandchildren, with another due in October, and two great-grandchildren.
They moved to Red Lodge last year, with paper merchant Edward, 86, still travelling to London during the week for work, despite Christine telling him to take it easy.
But it’s the pair’s disagreements that Christine said were the secret to their 60 years together, as well as Edward’s tea-making skills.
“We couldn’t be more different. We argue and I boss him around like nothing else,” said Christine.
“But if you get too complacent you get fed up so it’s good to keep each other on our toes. You have to have that spark between you but if you have that, a little argument won’t do any harm.”