Six decades of marriage ‘don’t feel like five years!’

Jack and Doreen Hawks celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
Jack and Doreen Hawks celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
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A Whitburn couple were over the moon when they celebrated 60 years of happiness together at the weekend.

Jack and Doreen Hawks, of Fulmar Walk, were joined by family and friends to mark their diamond wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Jack and Doreen Hawks on their wedding day.

Jack and Doreen Hawks on their wedding day.

Mr Hawks, 83, and his future wife, 79, met as teenagers when they worked together at Grange Laundry, near Chester Road, Sunderland, and have been together ever since.

Mrs Hawks said: “I can’t believe 60 years have gone already. It doesn’t even seem like five years, never mind 60!

“We met when we worked together at Grange Laundry. I worked in the office and he was the driver. It was a few months before we got together.

“Two and a half years after that, when I was 19 and Jack was 23, we got married at St Luke’s Church, in Pallion.

“Then when I was 24 we had our daughter, Angela.

“Once Angela started school, I got a job as a senior administrator at Hylton Redhouse Comprehensive in Sunderland and Jack worked in the housing department at Sunderland civic centre.”

The couple, who have one grandson Tom Mills, 25, say their common interests and being patient and understanding with one another had kept them together all these years.

Mrs Hawks added: “We go swimming times a week and dancing on a Wednesday in Whitburn Village, as we always loved dancing.

“We also love holidays, particularly cruising around the Mediterranean, and we love Italy and Venice.

“We try to get three holidays a year, and alongside that Jack loves watching sport on TV and I like to go shopping.

“We have always been very tolerant and understanding to one another and I think it’s important to have a good sense of humour!”