A cuppa and a kiss – for 60 years!

Bert and Doris Kirkham, of Brookfield Avenue in Marton, who will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on the 11th September.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'8-9-2014

Bert and Doris Kirkham, of Brookfield Avenue in Marton, who will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on the 11th September. PIC BY ROB LOCK'8-9-2014

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A cup of tea and a kiss every morning might just be the secret to six decades of happy marriage.

Diamond couple Bert and Doris Kirkham celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday and marked the occasion with a special meal and party with family and friends.

The Marton couple – who have lived in Blackpool all their lives – met in 1952, when they were introduced through Mrs Kirkham’s sister Esther, who was courting one of Bert’s friends. They married in 1954, at St Paul’s Church, on Whitegate Drive.

They lived in Newton where they had two boys, David and Andrew, and then later moved to Marton, in 1968.

Mr Kirkham worked for a coach builders and Doris worked as a domestic cleaner, and by 1990 they had both retired.

They have spent much of their retirement enjoying time their four grandchildren and more recently their three great-grandchildren.

After 60 years of marriage, they’ve enjoyed many holidays with family and friends and now like doing crosswords together and having the occasional flutter on horses.

And the secret of a long, happy marriage? The couple say they laugh together, grumble together and always make sure one of them gives in.

And Mr Kirkham still gives his wife a kiss every morning while taking her a cup of tea.