LOVE is still in the air for what could be South Tyneside’s longest married couple.
Great-great grandparents Tom and Ethel Husband today celebrate 77 years of marriage.
They first met as youngsters in the early 1930s as they strolled along Bede Burn Road, Jarrow, with mutual friends.
And when they tied the knot at St Mark’s Church in Salem Street, Jarrow, in 1934, little did they know they would become one of only a few South Tyneside couples to not only reach their platinum anniversary – 70 – but to surpass it.
The couple, who have four children, Joyce, Catherine, Kenneth and John live together in Hawthorne View Care Home, in St Aloysius View, Hebburn after moving out of their home in Perth Avenue in April.
Recalling their wedding day, Mr Husband, a former engineering worker at Reyrolles, in Hebburn, said: “We were married in St Mark’s Church in Jarrow and Mr Willy Bishop was the reverend.
“I was terrified on the day. We didn’t have much money so we had our honeymoon in Houghton-le-Spring.”
Sadly, the couple do not have any photographs of their wedding day.
But they have been sent a special congratulations card from the Queen for reaching the milestone.
The couple will also be celebrating their remarkable achievement with their family. However, while the couple are still very much in love, they say it hasn’t always been plain sailing.
Mr Husband, 98, said: “We have arguments, we still have arguments. We don’t always agree, but we always make up.”
Mrs Husband, 96, added: “We just agree to disagree.” Son Kenneth, said: “We all think it’s brilliant what they have achieved, and to see them still happy together is lovely.”
The couple have four children, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.