The love of a South Tyneside couple is still shining as brightly as the day they first met – as they celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss.
Norman and Miriam Robson marked their diamond anniversary with a special tea with family yesterday.
The couple were married at the register office in South Shields, with only a few close and friends and family.
They celebrated the day with tea at Norman’s mum’s before having a few drinks in a local bar.
Mrs Robson, 81, said: “When I saw him, I thought he was gorgeous. I just knew Norman and I were meant to be together.”
The couple first met at the age of 17, in a local pub, and hit it off straight away.
During Mr Robson’s time doing national service in the army – serving in London, Germany and Ireland – the pair kept in touch, and whenever he was home the couple would meet up and go on dates, later marrying with only a handful of people knowing.
They went on to have four children, three sons and one daughter, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs Robson, who was a housewife, said: “We were married at the register office.
“No one was there because we kept it a secret.
“Then we went straight up to Norman’s mam’s for tea before going to the pub.
“We only had £6 10s between us that day, but we enjoyed ourselves and we are still together now.”
Mr Robson, who worked his way up from a labourer to become a works manager in the civil engineering industry, said: “We do have our bad times as well as the good times.
“But we just work through it.”
The couple from Page Avenue, South Shields, will celebrate their anniversary with a family meal at the Sea Hotel in South Shields tomorrow.