CHILDHOOD sweethearts celebrate 60 years of marriage today.
Houghton couple Allan and Harriet Carter met when they were still at school.
They have two sons, Don, 56, and Graham, 50, and four grandchildren.
On Saturday, about 60 people will attend a party at Glendale Social Club in their home town to toast their diamond wedding.
Family and friends will travel from around the country – including from London, Hull, and the Lake District – to join Allan, 84, who suffers from dementia, and Harriet, 82.
Arthur Carter, 86, Allan’s cousin and best man at the wedding, will make the journey from southern Ireland for the occasion.
“They have lots of friends and family who are all coming to the party,” said Don, of Houghton.
“They have been fantastic parents, and everyone knows how proud they are of us – and we are of them.
“They work well together and have always supported each other throughout their lives.”
The couple lived in Corby, Northamptonshire, for 30 years, where Allan, was an engineer in the steelworks, before moving to Houghton in 1989.
Harriet worked as a shop assistant for the Co-op.
Today they will receive a card and message of congratulations from the Queen and celebrate the day enjoying a meal with family.
“They don’t know they’re getting the card, so that will be a nice surprise for them,” said Don.
“It’s a long time to be together, 60 years.
“They’ve had a good marriage to be together so long – it deserves celebrating.”
The couple were married at Bearpark Church, Bearpark, on the outskirts of Durham, on September 12, 1953.