Burnley couple are married 70 years!

Marion and Edward Davis who are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary.

Marion and Edward Davis who are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary.

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One of Britain’s longest-married couples are celebrating their platinum anniversary in Burnley.

Edward and Marion Davis enjoy a good chuckle every day, 70 years after tying the knot.

They laugh to think they are still digging deep to find the secret of their long and happy marriage, and, with good health, they intend to keep on looking.

Mr and Mrs Davis both grew up in Burnley and were married at St Stephen’s Church on December 16th, 1944, just as the Second World was drawing to a close.

Mr Davis (95) was a miner at the Bank Hall pit and Mrs Davis (91) a machinist at Elgin. They both ended their working lives at Lambert Howarth slipper factory when they were in their 60s.

Their earliest home was in Crowther Street, but most of their married life was spent at their family home in Ribchester Avenue where they brought up their daughter Barbara and sons Graham and Geoffrey, who died last year.

In his younger days Mr Davis was a trophy-winning footballer, playing for teams in Hargher Clough and Whittlefield. Mrs Davis liked to keep her mind active through reading and with crosswords, and is still as enthusiastic today.

They also enjoyed an active social life, meeting friends at the 110 Club in Yorkshire Street.

Their special anniversary will be a low-key affair at their home in Hunslet Street. Family and friends joined them on Sunday to celebrate the event.