Sixty years and counting

Family and friends with Burt and Violet at the celebrations to mark their recent diamond wedding anniversary.

Family and friends with Burt and Violet at the celebrations to mark their recent diamond wedding anniversary.

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“I’M going to marry her”, Burt Heskwith proclaimed when he first set eyes on his bride-to-be more than 60 years ago.

“She was such a lovely young lady - she really caught my eye,” he explained.

The object of his affections, however, was not immediately convinced, and it took three refusals before Violet eventually accepted her amorous suitor’s request for a date.

An evening’s entertainment from Norman Wisdom ensued, and soon Burt’s bold proclamation was realised when the pair married at St Anne’s Church in Tottenham on March 31, 1952.

“It was a real white wedding in every sense - there’d been a foot of snow, which me and the best man had to walk through for a mile and a half to reach the church,” laughed Burt as he fondly remembered their special day.

The couple moved from London when they had their first child who was followed by twins to complete the happy family.

Upon retiring in 1989 Burt and Violet moved to Skegness, where they had holidayed regularly during their working life.

“We didn’t know anyone when we first came here but now we’ve got lots of friends,” Burt said.

And many of those friends were able to share in the couple’s joyous occasion when they attended a surprise party in celebration of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

More than 30 friends and family gathered at the Vine Hotel, Skegness, to wish the couple well on their auspicious milestone and enjoy a meal together.

“It was a lovely time,” said Burt. “I thought it was just going to be a few family members but there were loads of friends and the evening was over too soon.”

Although they’ve had to deal with problems and have had their share of arguments, Burt said the secret to their success was working together and not going to sleep on an argument.

“We’ve had our problems but we’re very happy and we hope we’ll still be happy when it’s time for our Platinum Wedding Anniversary in 10 years time,” finished Burt.