A GOLDEN couple are celebrating 50 years of marriage after saying “I do” all over again.
Derek and Marion Langlands re-tied the knot 50 years to the day since they first walked down the aisle.
The couple renewed their wedding vows at Peterlee Methodist Church in front of 50 relatives, at the weekend.
Derek, 72, asked his wife to marry him again on her 67th birthday in December 2010, much to the surprise of 150 people at a murder mystery night at Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel, in Blackhall.
Marion, who accepted the “proposal”, said: “It was a big surprise. I’m a big Elvis fan and thought he was going to get me an Elvis kissogram, but he did this.”
Marion says, unlike Derek, she is “not soppy”, but adds that her husband is always springing romantic surprises on her.
He has even made Marion’s bouquet for the ceremony, as well as everyone’s buttonhole flowers.
Derek, who was working for a market gardener when the couple met and was later a chimney sweep, said: “I did it because I love my wife. I would ask her again and again.”
The couple met when they both lived in Thornley. Marion was 16 and an ice-cream girl in the village’s Ritz Cinema and Derek, then 21, bought ice creams for her.
Derek asked her out on a day trip to Redcar with friends.
Marion, whose maiden name was Ramshaw, said Derek first proposed on their second date, but she “just laughed”.
After two years, they were married at the Wesleyan Chapel in Thornley.
They went on to have three children, Audrey Seymour, 49, Carol Paton, 46, and David, 42.
They also have six grandchildren.
The couple lived in Thornley until 1986, before moving to Wheatley Hill then Peterlee, where they have been for the past five years.
Marion, a former civil servant and ex-bingo hall worker, wore a cream flowery dress for the ceremony.
She said: “We both have our faults but we just love each other.”
The “bridal party” celebrated with a party at the Hearts of Oak pub, in Peterlee, afterwards.