Former Burnley teacher and policeman celebrate 60-year marriage

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A COUPLE who dedicated their working life to public service celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Church stalwarts Ken and Margaret Tomlinson were married at Rosegrove Methodist Church and the weather was so awful with thick fog that the Box Brownie cameras of the time could not cope with the conditions, so the newly-weds splashed out on their meagre budget to pop into a local photographic studio for the only picture of the day.

Mr Tomlinson (81) was a policeman for 34 years. His early days were spent pounding the beat in Burnley, and he retired as an Inspector in 1984, after spending his final years prosecuting cases at Reedley Magistrates’ Court.

Mrs Tomlinson (83) also retired in 1984 after teaching domestic science at Ivy Bank School for many years.

They are celebrating their special day with a family holiday at the seaside that has echoes of their honeymoon when they had three days in Blackpool, and travelled there on a Ribble bus.

They have three children, Andrew, a consultant in human resources, Karen, a retired systems analyst, and Joanne, who works in social services.

Said Mr Tomlinson: “We’ve been very lucky to have had 60 years of being together, and we always enjoy the company of our children and five wonderful grandchildren.”

Mr and Mrs Tomlinson, of Linton Drive, Burnley, are members of Greenbrook Methodist Church and have taken an active role in church life over the years. Mr Tomlinson was an officer in the Boys’ Brigade for 42 years and an instructor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Among the couple’s treasured memories are the occasions when they went to Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace when Karen and Joanne were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards.

As enthusiastic travellers, the couple spent many holidays in Europe and enjoyed caravanning until 10 years ago, but they have now decided to take life a little easier.