Love’s plain sailing for couple

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LOVE first found on the high seas is still sailing strong as a Washington couple celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Alice Giles was first wooed by her husband, former Navy cadet Ernie, at the age of 21 when she was smuggled on to the Navy pinnace he was in charge of for a romantic sea outing.

Now, after many trips around the world and cruises to exotic places together, the couple, who have two children, Anne and Paul, are celebrating their Diamond Wedding.

They got married in July 1952 at St Benet’s Church, in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, a year after they met.

Ernie, 82, is still as devoted to his wife as he was when he first met her in 1951.

He visits her daily at Washington Lodge care home where she has lived since she had to move out of their family home in South Hylton.

Washington Lodge manager Kim Whelan said: “Alice and Ernie are a wonderful couple and they are a part of the Washington Lodge family.

“We are very happy to be celebrating this milestone with them.”

The couple yesterday celebrated their anniversary at the home with their family and friends.

Care home chairman Dr Chai Patel said: “At HC-One it is really important to us to make sure we take the time to celebrate such an exceptional day. I wish Alice and Ernie a happy anniversary.”

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