This golden couple would certainly agree England and Scotland are “better together.”
Hugh Burch, originally from Scotland, and his wife Gill, born in Blackpool, have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
They met dancing in the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the 60s. Fate intervened as Gill had arranged to go dancing for her 21st birthday, but her friend fell ill and they had to cancel.
They went the following week instead and Hugh spotted her across the crowded dance floor.
Over the next few years, they continued their courtship, but as Hugh lived in Milton, near Dumbarton, they only managed to see each other on a handful of occasions – writing to each other many times.
Hugh, who worked as a builder, surveyor and boat-builder, moved down to Blackpool and the couple were married at St Stephen On-The-Cliffs Church in North Shore, on September 19, 1964, and 50 years later they still live in the same house in North Shore they moved into.
The couple have two daughters – Lorraine and Hayley, who live in Blackpool, and a son Gary, who lives in Stockholm, Sweden. They have four grandchildren – Amelie, Ewan, Lewis and Lukas.
Gill, 75, loves to go Scottish dancing each week and during his retirement, Hugh, 76, spent time building a wooden fishing boat which all the family have enjoyed taking out.
The couple were celebrating with a meal at the Springfield House Hotel, in Pilling and visiting their family in Stockholm.
Gill said: “When I got married, I had a delicate pink wedding dress,
which was unheard of in those days – because I wanted to be different. It was beautiful. And my husband wore his kilt.”
And the secret to so many happy years together?
“You’ve got to have a good sense of humour and enjoy each other’s company. And we did a lot of activities together as a family.
“We have two cocker spaniels and we go for a long walk together every day.”