LOVE is still blooming for one South Tyneside couple who were swept off their feet by romance.
Ronnie and Margaret Overton are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today after they first met at the Hedworth Hall in South Shields.
Mr Overton asked his future wife for a dance, and his fancy footwork secured them 60 years of wedded bliss together.
Mrs Overton, 81, of Lisle Road, Harton, South Shields, said: “He came over and asked me for a dance but, to be honest, I wasn’t too sure if I liked him or not.
“But later in the evening he asked for the last waltz and we have been together ever since.”
The following year, 1954, the couple tied the knot at St Peter’s Church in Harton Village, South Shields.
They then moved into two rooms, which were rented from a woman at Marshall Wallis Road, Laygate, South Shields, before spending a year at Mrs Overton’s brother’s house in Oak Avenue, Cleadon Park.
They were then finally given their first home in Rubens Avenue, Whiteleas, before spending 25 years at Lizard Lane in Marsden.
Mr Overton, 84, worked on High Shields railway selling tickets before eventually becoming head of wages with the National Coal Board.
Together, they raised their two children – Ronald, 59, and Janice, 56 – and the happy couple have five grandchild, plus four great grandchildren.
Mrs Overton added: “I’m not sure what the secret to our success is.
“We’ve had our ups and downs, but I guess we must love each other –that’s how we’ve managed it.”