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Sixty years for jammy pair who ‘never sleep on a fight’

Jack and Jean Burnett from Princes Risborough celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

Jack and Jean Burnett from Princes Risborough celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

A diamond wedding couple who met at a jam factory hosted a garden party for family and friends to celebrate their landmark anniversary.

Jean and Jack Burnett, who credit their happy marriage with never going to sleep on an argument, celebrated at the weekend and also received a special letter from the Queen to mark the occasion.

The couple, from Princes Risborough married in 1954 when Jean (now 78) was just 18 years old.

They had met at the Robinsons jam factory in Catford, where Jack (now 83) worked as a delivery driver and Jean worked as an office girl.

Twins Stephen and Susan were born in 1958, after the pair moved to Princes Risborough so that Jack could start work as a butcher for Jeffries in the High Street.

Jean said: “It feels unbelievable, it’s gone so quickly and you don’t realise how the years fly.

“I was only 18 and three quarters when we got married, a child bride as they say.

“We’ve always got on well, and if we had an argument we’ve always made up before we’ve gone to bed, I do advise that.

“But we’ve been very compatible all our lives, my husband always says we’ve never argued, but if he believes that he’ll believe anything!”

The couple were thrilled to get their letter from the Queen. They celebrated with family including 
grandchildren Christopher, Sarah, Leanne, Liam, Natasha and great grandson Owen Jack.

Jean added: “We got a 
letter from the Queen with her photograph on.

“She has really aged well and looked lovely. It’s been absolutely great and we have had a fantastic week, 
especially with the party.”

 

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