Couple’s anniversary chimes with borough
- Credit: Archant
Collapsing into fits of giggles, you would think this couple are newlyweds rather than celebrating 50 years of marriage.
But not only did David and Jackie Bailey celebrate their golden anniversary yesterday, they are also commemorating the fact they were the first couple to be married in Newham.
The area has a long history but was only named Newham in 1965 after the former boroughs of East Ham and West Ham were merged – and the Baileys were the first through the doors on April 1, 1965.
However their reasons for making the history books turned out to be more practical than anything.
“We were living in East Ham at the time and it was the first date we could get at the register office,” said Jackie.
You may also want to watch:
The pair enjoyed their first date at the Cherry Tree pub in Dagenham in 1963, followed by numerous rendezvous at their favourite Chinese restaurant, Chans, in Manor Park, before getting hitched at East Ham register office.
“I’m in shock that it’s been 50 years. It feels like yesterday that we got married,” said David, who added cheekily: “But if it was yesterday, I wouldn’t have got married.”
- 1 Jailed man caught with knife in Stratford to be handed court order
- 2 Cause of death remains unknown after body found in disused Forest Gate pub
- 3 Worshippers at mosque in Upton Park aim to raise £35k for Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2021
- 4 Man given community order for 26 counts of criminal damage after scratching name into property
- 5 Thames Barrier closing for 200th time amid potential east London flooding
- 6 Forest Gate triple shooting: 'Safety is everybody's business,' councillor says
- 7 Body found in derelict pub in Forest Gate
- 8 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 9 Newham mathematician to fill in for Countdown presenter and expectant mum Rachel Riley
- 10 Player ratings: Cresswell shines for West Ham in KRC Genk victory
Showing why the couple have stood the test of time, the former plasterer quickly added: “I have the best girl in the world.”
The couple have two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and say that family is everything to them.
“We aren’t into big parties – we will just be having some of the family round on the day,” they said of their anniversary plans.
Asked what has kept them together all these years, Jackie said: “Give and take, compromise and share what you have. We’re very lucky to have stood the test of time.”
Proving humour is a vital ingredient in any happy marriage, David adds: “I’m all give, she’s all take.”