Diamond dancing couple still waltzing their way through life at 80

Bill and Marian Younger celebrate their Diamond Wedding with a dance.
Bill and Marian Younger celebrate their Diamond Wedding with a dance.

A pair of childhood sweethearts are still dazzling on the dance floor as they celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Bill and Marian Younger have literally waltzed their way through married life together and are still going strong after six decades.

Bill and Marian Younger on their wedding day.

Bill and Marian Younger on their wedding day.

The South Shields pair, who met at a dance hall, said there was no other way to celebrate their Diamond Wedding than to have an afternoon of sequence dancing at the Charles Young Centre in the town’s Talbot Road.

Bill and Marian, both 80, were just 12-years-old when they met at popular dance haunt, Hedworth Hall, and for Bill it was love at first sight.

He said: “I told her I was going to marry her when I saw her.”

But, Marian joked: “I had my eye on someone else at the time.”

I love to get dressed up and go dancing

Marian Younger

Bill and Marian finally became a couple at the age of 17 and he popped the question when they turned 18.

The pair went on to tie the knot at St Peter’s Church in Harton Village two years later.

The duo, who live in Renoir Gardens, Whiteleas, still go dancing for fun three times a week, at the Charles Young Centre, the Sutton Trust and Cleadon Club and Marian says she can hardly remember a time they didn’t dance.

Bill said: “It certainly keeps you fit and active.”

And, former seamstress Marian, is amazingly still making all her own dresses.

She said: “I love to get dressed up and go dancing and have made all my own dresses over the years.”

The great-grandmother has made a special lilac-coloured dress covered in sparkles for her and Bill’s Diamond Wedding party at the weekend.

The couple have two children, David Younger, 48 and Ann Harris, 58, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ann will be hosting the party for family and friends at her South Shields home and her parents are really looking forward to it.

She said: “They are very active. They have a brilliant social life.”

Bill worked in the Merchant Navy for many years before becoming an ambulance driver for social services.

And, Marian, worked as a machinist until she was 50 and then went on to work in a care home until she retired.

On the secret to a successful marriage, Marian said: “Be honest with each other and love each other. What I said in my wedding vows I’ve been doing all my life.”