THEY may be serious rivals when it comes to football – but this couple are celebrating 65 years of married bliss.
Nora Letchford is an ardent Sunderland fan while husband Jimmy is a dedicated supporter of Newcastle.
The loving couple say while they may disagree when it comes to football, they remain a team when it comes to their marriage.
One of Jimmy’s friends played matchmaker to set up a blind date which was a trip to the Odeon in Holmeside, where they watched the thriller The Third Man.
Nora, nee McPhee, and Jimmy married in the registry office in John Street 65 years ago today, and have been sent a card by the Queen to mark their latest anniversary.
The couple are celebrating with a family party and a night out at the dogs.
Nora, 83, who worked as a cleaner and also as a cook, and Jimmy, 87, a pitman who also worked at the David Brown farming equipment firm in Pallion, now live on Ford Estate.
Nora said: “We might argue a bit about the football on a Saturday, especially when Sunderland beat Newcastle, and I can’t say we’ve never had a fight about anything else, because we have.
“We’ve got five children and 17 grandchildren, and only one, my oldest son, supports Newcastle, so that was my doing.”
She added that the secret to a happy and long relationship was to “give each other the space to do what they want”.
The couple are parents to Alan, 58, Robert, 56, Pauline, 55, Michael, 55, Michael, 53, and Sharon Dury, 47.
They are also have 25 great-grandchildren.