A couple who have devoted decades of heir lives to helping others are celebrating 60 years of happy marriage.
Walter and Mena Scott, of Westoe, South Shields, tied the knot on August 4, 1956.
Today, they’re celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary surrounded by their two children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and closest friends.
Mr Scott, 80, a retired transport worker, was introduced to former factory worker Mena, 79, by a friend when they were 16 years old, and they’ve never looked back since.
He said: “We always loved going to the pictures and to see the wrestling up in Newcastle, and going out with our friends.”
They tied the knot at St Bede’s RC Church, in Westoe Road, South Shields, and say they’ve been inseparable ever since.
They’ve spent the last 30 years running the Speech After Stroke Club, in South Tyneside, on behalf of charity Stroke Association, helping people who have suffered a stroke to learn how to talk and write again.
Mr Scott said: “Mena’s dad, Thomas Mountain, had a stroke and we decided that we wanted to help people, and now we’ve been doing it for 30 years.
“We meet every Thursday at St Mary’s Court, in South Shields, and we really love it.
“We were even nominated for an award once and went to a ceremony in Glasgow. We were a close second.”
When it comes to the secret of a long, happy marriage, Mr Scott says togetherness is the key.
He added: “It’s love and togetherness. We’ve never been apart since we got married, we love spending time together, and we never go to bed angry.”