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A Normanton on Soar couple has shared their secret to a long-lasting marriage after marking their platinum anniversary earlier this year.
Margaret and Edward Wilson married on August 9, 1952, in a small church in Whitwick. Six children and thirty grandchildren later, the happily married couple say their love is still as intense as the day they wed.
The pair met during a night out in Loughborough with friends, and a day later, Edward said he knew she was the one. And now the couple has offered tips to newly married couples.
Margaret, 90 and Edward, 93, both said: “Marriage is a journey, not a sprint. Strap in, avoid the potholes and enjoy the ride. A good marriage takes understanding and give and take.”
Margaret said after they met, Edward asked her to meet him outside the pub the following evening. After watching a film together, Edward said he knew she was the one.
He said: “While on the bus home. I said to myself – ‘I’m going to marry her one day’.”
Margaret, who was married by 20, had four bridesmaids and said it rained on their wedding day. But as they left the church officially hitched, the sun shined brightly on them.
She left her job at a factory in Quorn to raise her six children, Alan, David, Stephen, Martin, Gail and Debbie – before working at a local school until retiring at 60.
Edward, who worked as a crane operator till he retired at 65, said dealing with the bad times during their marriage was handled with a ‘get-on-with-it’ attitude.
He said: “We just got on with things. Our advice is to love all you can and laugh every day.”
The pair celebrated 70 years together with a dinner with family and friends at the Anchor pub in Hathern on Saturday, August 6.