Silver screen brought couple together

Eric and Evelyn Wilson
Eric and Evelyn Wilson

A SHARED love of Doris Day films brought them together and 60 years on Evelyn and Eric Wilson are still going strong.

The Burgh-le Marsh couple, who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, watched ‘It’s Magic’ on their first date but for them the magic began when they met at a cricket match.

Evelyn and a friend were watching the game and stopped off for a shandy afterwards when Eric, who was playing for one of the teams, came over and introduced himself.

Their romance soon blossomed and the couple went on to tie the knot at Pinxton in Derbyshire on March 31 1951.

When asked for the secret to their successful and long-lasting marriage, Evelyn said: “You’ve got to really love each other and not give up too easily.

“People these days seem to start looking around for someone else but that’s never been the case for us.

“You’ve got to pull together when things get rough and if you have a quarrel to make it up.”

The faithful couple have welcomed new arrivals to the family with a daughter Penny Rowlands and a granddaughter Lucy Ann Rowlands.

Additional highlights of their marriage so far have seen them travelling the globe together starting their first trip abroad to Majorca nearly 50 years ago and including later journeys to the likes of major US destination San Francisco.

The couple will soon be heading off on their travels again for a three week holiday to London and Bournemouth on June 8.

After 60 years of wedded bliss Eric and Evelyn celebrated their diamond anniversary with friends and family including some relations who were present at the wedding itself.

Eric’s brothers Lewis and Pete were able to congratulate the happy couple having seen their marriage begin all those years ago.

The couple would like to thank all of their friends and family who made their day so special.

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