A Wearside couple have celebrated 69 years of wedded bliss with a special party.
John and Connie Bedingfield met at a church social during the Second World War, and “have been soulmates ever since they met”, according to romantic John.
They marked the big 69th with their family yesterday at Barnes Court Care Home, in High Barnes, Sunderland, where Connie now lives.
Julie Haram, activities co-ordinator at the home, organised the special party for them.
She told the Echo: “Connie and John are such a wonderful couple and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to share their special day with them.”
John met his future wife while working at the shipyards – and she was manageress at Smythes Bakers in the city.
Not even the war could keep the sweethearts apart.
John remembered walking home over Wearmouth Bridge during blackouts and air raids after dropping Connie home.
They wed at Ewesley Road Church on October 30, 1946, and lived all over Sunderland before settling in Springwell, where John still lives.
They have two children, Peter and Julie, and five grandchildren.
Peter said: “I think it’s quite an achievement – 69 years is not very common.”
Connie and John are both 92, and will celebrate their platinum anniversary next year.