Diamond wedding couples share their secrets of wedded bliss

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TWO couples have reached marriage milestones today.

Hugh and Beatrice Smith, of Park Lane, Sunderland, and Arthur and Mary Lawson, of The Coppice, Easington, are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.

Mr and Mrs Smith met at a mutual friend’s wedding when Hugh was 20 and Beatrice was 16.

Sharing her secret of a long marriage, Mrs Smith, now 76, said: “I think that doing things together and spending time with each other is good, while always making up before going to bed with no ill feeling.

“We’re both quite healthy for our age and we get along really well.”

To celebrate the special occasion, the Smiths are planning to spend time with their family and friends.

The Lawsons met at The Rink, Park Lane, in 1951 and shared a bus home. However, they didn’t see each other again until three months later, at the same place, when the couple finally got together.

The happy couple were then married three years later, when Arthur was 24 and Mary was 25.

Talking about his secret for such a long and successful marriage, Mr Lawson simply said: “Love is a very special thing.”

In 1950 they relocated to Buckinghamshire to find guaranteed work in the aftermath of mass pit closures in the North East, before moving back to Sunderland in 1990 to be closer to friends and family.

Three years ago Mary overcame bowel cancer, thanks to the unwavering support of her husband, family, and friends.

To celebrate the wedding milestone, the Lawsons will hold an event for family and friends at Hardwick Hall and any donations will be given to Cancer Research UK.