A COUPLE who have been married for 60 years say the secret of their success is to have no contact with each other whatsoever.
Tom Booker and Emma Bradford were married at Walthamstow Chapel in 1955. So as not to sully their love, Emma refused to take her husband’s name, with his agreement.
To preserve the purity of their union, they spent their honeymoon at their respective flats in Bow and Bethnal Green. Since then, they have communicated only once a year, via a mutual friend, to wish each other a happy wedding anniversary.
Booker said: “We have seen so many marriages fail because the couple get to know one other and become bored to near-homicidal distraction with each other.
“Emma and I never wanted that to happen to us. So we vowed that, once married, we would never meet again.
“It’s been 60 years now – and it hasn’t been a day too long.”
Emma Bradford added: “There’s been no sexual disappointment because we’ve never have had sex with each other. We never argue because we’ve no idea what each others’ opinions are about anything.
“We couldn’t be happier. Marriage is a wonderful thing if you do it properly.”