Diamond day as Blades couple celebrate 60-years of marriage in Sheffield

Happy anniversary: Doug and Margaret Burkhill.
Happy anniversary: Doug and Margaret Burkhill.
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sweethearts Doug and Margaret Burkhill believe keeping active is the secret to a happy marriage.

The Sheffield United supporters still enjoy gardening, as well as going out for regular meals and on holiday.

Former airman Doug, aged 81, even works four mornings a week in sales for Brightstar Shopblasting and loves seeing his beloved Blades in action.

Margaret, 80, said: “I think the secret to a happy marriage is just working together.

“You can have a laugh and things like that and listen to each other - and keeping active together definitely.

“We don’t go out as much as we used to but we go out for meals and Doug to see Sheffield United. We are Unitedites.

“About two or three times a year we go on holiday and we go out every Sunday for our dinner or to meet up with old friends.

“We’re still very active, we get about.

“We both like gardening, it’s just getting down and getting up. But we still have our health and all our faculties.”

The pair met at Roxy dance hall in Page Hall and courted for 18 months before tying the knot at St Mary’s Church, Ecclesfield, on March 29, 1952. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Their family took them for a surprise meal at The Sitwell Arms in Renishaw to mark their 60 years of happy marriage.

Former office worker Margaret, of Moorland View, Gleadless, said: “It was a lovely day, we got a telegram from the Queen and all our friends coming to visit too.

“It was a surprise, we knew we were going somewhere but not where.

“I’d like to thank all my family, I’m very proud of them for everything they do for us.”