Sunderland couple who met at a wedding celebrate 60th anniversary

A diamond couple are today celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:00 am
Stan and Hetty Fox on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Picture by FRANK REID

Stan and Henrietta “Hetty” Fox tied the knot at the Good Shepherd’s Church in March 1957 and have been together ever since.

The couple have gone on to have five daughters, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-granchildren.

Their loving family were today holding a susprise party for them at a mystery location.

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Stan, 82, and Hetty, 79, who live in Hill View Estate, Grangetown, met on the evening of a wedding and fell in love immediately.

As well as their own wedding 60 years ago today, Stan’s brother Bob married Lilly on the same day, also at the same church.

Sadly, Bob died in 1980.

Stan and Hetty went on to have daughters Doreen, 58, Pauline, 53, Pamela, 51, Debra, who would now be 48 but died aged 40, and Andrea, 40.

Doreen told the Echo: “They’re a lovely couple of the fact that they’ve been together so long is amazing.”

Stan worked at Lipton’s Grocery Store and glass manufacturer Pyrex before retirement.

Hetty was working at the Ritz Cinema when she first met Stan before moving to Jackson’s the Tailors.

The pair now enjoy the quiet life following retirement from work as well as spending time with their large family.

“My dad used to enjoy walking and swimming quite a lot but he’s not able to as much now,” added Doreen.

“We’re having a celebration with immediate family for them today but we haven’t told them where it is so it’s a bit of a surprise to add to the day.

“Hopefully they’ll enjoy it.”