Tuddenham councillor and husband celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Peter and Rona Burt say by working together they have come through hard times still smilingy ANL-150817-152116009

Peter and Rona Burt say by working together they have come through hard times still smilingy ANL-150817-152116009

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The bulldog spirit has helped see Rona and Peter Burt through 60 years of marriage.

When the Forest Heath councillor and her husband retired in 1997, showing bulldogs became their shared hobby and was even the reason they moved to Tuddenham in 1998.

The couple, who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today, moved to Tuddenham from south London because it was more central for the dog shows they went to. They got to Crufts twice.

Though they have not had dogs for about five years, Rona said sharing a hobby was important to them.

She added: “We’ve been through some difficult times but we’ve come out the other side still smiling.

”Working together is part of being married.”

They met when they both worked for Thermionics in Hythe, Hampshire, where Pete was the driver and chief tester of the mobile radio equipment and Rona prepared cables for installation.

They were married on August 20, 1955 at All Saints Church, Fawley, Hampshire.

The couple lived in South Africa in the mid 1960s and it was on returning home that Rona, by then a tea salesroom supervisor overseeing tastings, first took an interest in local politics.

Once settled in Tuddenham, she again took an interest in local politics and began 14 years on Tuddenham St Mary Parish Council, 10 of them as chairman.

In 2003 she joined Forest Heath to represent Iceni Ward and was re-elected in 2015. She says Peter has always supported her interest in local politics.

They have four children,three grandchildren and one great grandson and are planning a special meal at home today and will have a church blessing followed by a party on Saturday.