‘Just be honest with each other’ – couple’s advice for a long-lasting marriage

Diamond wedding anniversary of George and Lillian Maw

Diamond wedding anniversary of George and Lillian Maw

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A Sunderland couple are celebrating a lifetime of happiness together on their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Lillian and George Maw, from Arundel Road, Farringdon, were married on this day 60 years ago, after first meeting at a dance.

Diamond wedding anniversary of George and Lillian Maw

Diamond wedding anniversary of George and Lillian Maw

Lillian, 79, and George, 82, met in their teens at the Rink Dance Hall in Sunderland and have been together ever since.

“I met George when I was 16 and he was 19,” Lillian said.

“We married three years later on March 24, 1956, at St Mary the Virgin in Springwell and had a lovely turn-out on the day.

“I had six bridesmaids and it was a lovely day. The do afterwards was at the Farringdon Club and the decorations were beautiful.

Diamond wedding anniversary of George and Lillian Maw

Diamond wedding anniversary of George and Lillian Maw

“We go there once a week and have celebrated our silver, ruby and golden wedding anniversaries there.”

The pair, who used to dance regularly together, still enjoy each other’s company, preferring to watch sport and soaps on the TV.

In his youth, George was a pitman, working in Silksworth and Herrington, while Lillian worked at Vanity Fair sweet factory in Durham Road, and later at the Plessey factory before she retired.

The couple, who had a celebration meal to mark the anniversary, said their happy marriage was due to having a honest relationship.

“My advice to other couples is to just be honest with each other and to be happy,” Lillian said.

“We don’t have any family, but are close to our nieces and nephews.”