‘Give and take’ is the secret to 60 years of wedded bliss for Rev Paul and Cicely Wigfield.
The couple, now 88 and 84 respectively, celebrated their milestone with two parties, one for family and guests from their wedding, and another for friends in their home town of Buckingham.
Paul is the third generation of his family to mark a diamond wedding anniversary, after his mother and father and maternal grandmother and grandfather also clocked up 60 years together.
Paul and Cicely courted for three years after meeting through Cicely’s brother. They had to wait until Paul was 27 before he was paid enough by the church to support a wife. The church also had a say in their choice of wedding day, with clergy not being permitted to wed during Lent. So the pair chose the next available day, Easter Tuesday, to get hitched. An afternoon tea wedding reception followed before the happy couple travelled to Harrogate for their honeymoon, but just for four days as Paul was to be back on Sunday to give the service!
The Wigfields moved to Buckingham in 1991 to be close to their son and his three children. They also have a daughter who has two children.
Cicely, a former domestic science teacher, says ‘it just felt absolutely right’ when she and Paul got together.
Paul said: “I thought she was marvellous and a very good cook!”