50 year head start on Kate and William

Golden Wedding, John and Cynthia Burton of New Mills
Golden Wedding, John and Cynthia Burton of New Mills

WHILE Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare to start their married life, one New Mills couple are marking 50 years of happy marriage.

John and Cynthia Burton, of Mouseley Bottom, celebrate their golden wedding tomorrow (Friday), the same day Prince William and Kate will say ‘I do’.

And John and Cynthia, who have four children, Stephen, Susan, Sandra and Martin, and eight grandchildren, are just hoping the Royal marriage will last as long as theirs has.

Buxton-born John, 72, and Manchester raised Cynthia, 70, met in Cheetham Hill, Manchester and were married at St Peter’s Church in Blakeley, four years later after John returned from his national service with the army in Germany.

After the wedding, the couple moved to Buxton before settling in New Mills where John ran his own garage business, B and B Motors, which is now operated by his son Martin. Cynthia has concentrated on being a housewife and mother, as well as spending 21 years a lollipop lady in New Mills.

Most of their children still live close by apart from son Stephen who now lives in Australia but who is flying back with his family to help his parents celebrate with a family meal.

In his younger days John used to be involved with banger racing, winning several trophies.

He added: “I wonder if Kate and William will last as long as we have. I hope they do.”