A COUPLE who were hit for six after a chance meeting at a cricket match are celebrating 60 years of marriage.
Thomas and Marion Hall first met as teenagers when she had gone to watch a cricket match with friends in Seaham.
She was bowled over by Thomas and the pair began courting. They married at St Paul’s Church, Ryhope, on August 14, 1954, and now the pair, who live in Pallion, are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Thomas, 85 and Marion, 80, marked the marital milestone with friends and family with a party at Ashbrooke Sports Club.
“We’re still trying to work out the secret to a long marriage,” joked mum-of-five Marion.
“I can’t say we’ve never had an argument, that would be a lie.”
After marrying, Thomas, a highways superintendent for public works, and Marion, who worked in Binns Bakery in Park Lane, went on to have five sons: Raymond, 53, Thomas, 50, David, 49, Peter, 46 and Stuart, 42. They have seven grandchildren: Lee, 19, Jasmine, 15, Max, 12, Louise, 11, Emilia, nine, Luke, nine, and Amy, eight.