Couple who tied the knot at end of World War Two celebrate 70 years of marriage

Audrey and Stanley Sanderson married in October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War.
Audrey and Stanley Sanderson married in October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War.
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A happy couple from South Tyneside are celebrating a remarkable 70 years of marriage.

Stanley and Audrey Sanderson, of South Shields, tied the knot in October 1945, just after the Second World War.

Audrey and Stanley Sanderson married in October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War.

Audrey and Stanley Sanderson married in October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War.

The marriage came just 10 months after they met at Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields.

Seventy years on, their bond remains as strong as ever – and they received a telegram from the Queen to mark their platinum anniversary.

Mr Sanderson, 92, and Mrs Sanderson, 94, have three children – Tricia, Michael and the late Janette – as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs Sanderson, who is originally from Uckfield, Sussex, met Stanley when she was serving in the armed forces and was stationed at Northfield Gardens, in South Shields.

Our wedding day was great, and we have got plenty of happy memories together from over the years

Audrey Sanderson

She said: “We met at Hedworth Hall on New Year’s Eve and married about 10 months later. It has been a very long time. You have your ups and downs, but you get over them and carry on.

“We’ve moved quite a few times, as we lived in Spain for 11 years because of my husband’s work as a ship surveyor, and have also lived in places like Twickenham.

“We came back here when Stanley retired, and our son lives here, so we see him a lot.”

The pair had a celebration on Sunday at daughter Tricia’s home in Harrogate, Yorkshire, while another celebration will be held tonight at Bistro Romano, in Front Street, Cleadon Village, and they still have fond memories of their wedding day.

Audrey and Stanley Sanderson married in October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War.

Audrey and Stanley Sanderson married in October 1945, just after the end of the Second World War.

Audrey added: “We got married in my home town. It was a beautiful day and all of my family were there. It was just after the war and everything was rationed.

“It was a great day, and we have got plenty of happy memories together from over the years.”

Mr Sanderson said: “It was a long way to travel from South Shields to Uckfield in those days, and we went by steam train, but it was a wonderful day.”