SPARKLING love has seen a couple through six decades of marriage.
Richard and Agnes Hockeridge, from Seaburn in Sunderland, met when the two were teenagers.
Now they are sealing 60 years of love by renewing their wedding vows at the church where they were married.
The pair struck up friendship when Agnes was 13 and Richard was 18.
They became a couple when Agnes was 18 after a visit to the Ritz cinema.
“We got a seat together and he walked me home and we have been together ever since,” she said.
“It’s about loving each other and understanding and being there for each other.”
Richard, 84, and Agnes, 80, went on to have two sons and a daughter – Richard, 58, Russell, 57, and June, 55 – and also have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
It is not the first time that their family have gathered to see the romantic couple say “I still do”.
They have renewed their wedding vows at the Monkwearmouth church on their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries.
The diamond wedding anniversary celebrations will continue at the Marriott hotel on Saturday, followed by a two-week cruise round the Mediterranean.
And Agnes, who worked at Jackson’s the Tailors, wants to do it all again in nine years.
She said: “I’m hoping to do it all again for our 70th.
“I think it is a lovely gesture to stand at the altar where you got married.”