Burnley couple’s secret to 60-year marriage

Margaret and Allan Launder who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Margaret and Allan Launder who are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

A romance that blossomed on the way to Burnley Fair led to a marriage of 60 years.

Allan and Margaret Launder, of Ballater Street, Burnley, met through a friend while walking to the fair. They were married at Holy Trinity Church, near the Mitre, in 1954, and have come to the conclusion the best way to have a long and happy marriage is for both parties to give and take.

They began courting shortly after Mr Launder (82) returned to Burnley after doing his National Service stint in the Armed Forces where he served with the East Lancashire Regiment in the Sudan and later the South Lancs as a batman and silverman in Suez.

Back in civvy street, he was a moulder at Procter’s Foundry in Hammerton Street and then worked at Lucas’s automotive factory for 30 years. After taking early retirement Mr Launder developed a passion for water-colour painting and also likes to spend time in the garden.

Mrs Launder (84) was a weaver at Thompson’s, on Trafalgar, and dedicated her life to looking after the family. An avid reader, she also enjoys an active social life and is a member of the luncheon club.

The couple have a son and daughter, two grand-daughters and two great-grandchildren.

They celebrated their diamond day with a large family party at their son’s home in Hapton.