A Whitburn couple who met at a weekly dance as teenagers are celebrating 65 years together.
Joe and Eunice Hughes, from Ash Grove, marked their Blue Sapphire anniversary on July 21, by looking back on a lifetime of happy memories.
Joe, 84, and Eunice, 83, met aged 15 and 14 respectively, at the Barnes Institute dance in Whitburn, back in 1947 and have been together ever since.
They are marking the occasion with family and friends with a party in their honour this Saturday at the Whitburn Club.
Joe, a former magistrate and coal board worker, said: “We met at the dance in 1947 and have been together ever since.
“We married on July 21, 1951, at St Hilda’s Church in South Shields and it was a great day.
“Eunice worked for Frankie’s Cafe in South Shields for 32 years and I worked for the coal board for around 38 years and was a union official at the Whitburn blacksmith workshops for 25 years.
“Together we have two children, two grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
“We have enjoyed dancing over the years and we still run the weekly dance at the Whitburn club.”
The couple also share common hobbies, including gardening and enjoy spending time at home together.
Joe added: “We both like gardening and used to have an allotment, but I had to give that up four years ago when I had a knee operation.
“But we still like to do gardening together and like to spend time at home.
“We run the weekly dance and even though I don’t dance anymore my wife still does.”
The couple received a letter from the Queen to mark the occasion and said they have asked for donations to charity Heart Call at South Tyneside Hospital in leui of presents. Joe said: “I have had problems and had a quad bypass 24 years ago so we decided to ask for any donations to be given to heart call at the hospital.
“Celebrating 65 years together is wonderful and we celebrate every day we have together.”