‘Never go to sleep on an argument’ – Golden couple’s marriage advice

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“Never go to sleep on an argument,”Murial Bucknall

Alan and Murial Bucknall met through the Jarrow Operatic Society aged 16 and 17 and married four years later on October 2 at St Paul’s Church in Jarrow.

“It was a big wedding,” Mrs Bucknall, 72, said.

“Our reception was for 100 people and we had our honeymoon in Edinburgh.

“We are actually going back there for two nights to celebrate our anniversary, which will be quite nostalgic.”

The pair’s passion for music saw them take lead roles in the shows of the society and on the committee for around 11 years despite travelling far and wide for Mr Bucknall’s job as a human resources manager for BP Oil Supply and Distribution.

The retired couple who now live in Rotherham, have lived all over the UK including South Humberside; the Shetland Islands; West Sussex and Hertfordshire.

“Jarrow is our home really,” said Mrs Bucknall, who worked as the secretary for the Northumberland Scout Association for 11 years.

The couple have two children – Paul Bucknall , 46, and Joanne Shaw, 42 –and have five grandchildren.

Mrs Bucknall puts the success of their marriage down to knowing and accepting each other’s faults and settling arguments.

“Never go to sleep on an argument,” Mrs Bucknall advised.

“We haven’t had a lot problems – I think we found all our faults early on.”

They enjoyed a surprise party organised by daughter Joanne and will travel back to Jarrow over the weekend to celebrate their anniversary with a blessing at St Paul’s Church where they married 50 years ago.