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It’s a diamond day for John and Joyce

DIAMOND COUPLE ... John and Joyce Leahy celebrating 60 years together, and below, on their wedding day.

DIAMOND COUPLE ... John and Joyce Leahy celebrating 60 years together, and below, on their wedding day.

A DIAMOND couple who settled in South Tyneside after getting married are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

John and Joyce Leahy said “I do” 60 years ago today.

The couple, of Prince Edward Road, South Shields, met as youngsters growing up in Pembroke, South Wales.

Mr Leahy, 80 and Mrs Leahy, 78, tied the knot at St Michael’s Church in Pembroke, in 1954.

Shortly afterwards, he received a telegram to enlist in the Merchant Navy, and – as part of his seven years’ service – came to South Shields to train at the then South Tyneside Marine College.

Mr Leahy, who went on to become an engineer at Rolls Royce, in Sunderland, said: “I really liked South Shields and we decided to move here after I left the navy.

“It was definitely a good decision. We’ve been very happy here.”

Mrs Leahy, who worked at South Shields Town Hall as a cleaner and tea lady for 33 years, and her husband, have two daughters, Patricia and Shirley, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will be celebrating the milestone anniversary together with a party at the Little Haven Hotel, in South Shields.

The happy couple also featured in the Gazette when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mr Leahy said: “The secret is give and take, having arguments and making up.

“We’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve always had give and take too.

“We forgive straight away, none of this hanging about and not talking to each other.

“We’ve been very happy together and still are.”

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