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Edna’s 50 years with ‘toyboy’ John

Edna, front, and John Ainge, centre, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with, from left, son Roger Dyer and daughters Josephine Jackson and Jennifer Ainge

Edna, front, and John Ainge, centre, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with, from left, son Roger Dyer and daughters Josephine Jackson and Jennifer Ainge

A Douglas couple have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

John and Edna May Ainge, of Selborne Drive, went to a Douglas restaurant for a meal with daughters Josephine and Jennifer and Edna’s son from a previous marriage, Roger, to mark their 50 years together.

Edna said: ‘John used to come across for the TT and stay at my mother’s hotel in Walpole Avenue so that’s how we met. I’m 93 and John was 81 last week so he’s a bit of a toyboy! Josephine and Roger came over especially for our anniversary. They both went to school in Douglas but after they went to university they stayed in England.’

Edna received an MBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours for more than 40 years’ voluntary work with disabled people in the island.

‘I was chairman of Manx Mencap for more than 20 years and also worked for the Red Cross,’ she explained. ‘The family all live across now so it was lovely to see them and celebrate with them.’

Asked about the secret of their success, John said: ‘It’s hard to say. Just not falling out really and getting along.

‘Everybody has their own ways, but at the end of the day the job’s a good ‘un.’

 

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