A happy couple are celebrating 65 years of wedded bliss – and remain as happy together as ever.
Leslie and Dorothy Fawcus, from East Boldon, met about 72 years ago as members of Caer Urfa Cycling Club.
We are still enjoying life and have a wonderful familyLeslie Fawcus
Seven years later, they married at All Saints Church, on Boldon Lane, South Shields, and they went on to have children Alan, Allison, Wendy and Pamela.
They continue to be surrounded by family, with grandchildren Caroline and Laura – who is pregnant – plus great-grandchildren Tabitha and Oliver regularly visiting, as do several other close relatives.
Today the pair will mark 65 years of marriage with a celebration, and they are expecting a special day.
Mr Fawcus said: “We’ve been really looking forward to it, because the family always seem to push the boat out for special occasions.
“We’ve had a very good life together.
“Dorothy and I have always trusted each other, and we still love each other as much as ever. We have never gone to bed on an argument.
“We danced every Thursday for over 20 years at the Seaburn Centre, and although my wife can’t dance any more because of her arthritis, we are still enjoying life.
“We have a wonderful family, and someone comes to see us every day.”
Leslie, 89, and Dorothy, who turns 88 on Saturday, retired at the age of 60, giving them the chance to further enjoy their passion for cycling.
Mr Fawcus added: “We used to do an awful lot of cycling, and that’s how we met.
“We met at the Caer Urfa Cycling Club, where we were members.
“I had been in the club for about a year, and then this girl emerged. We were together for seven years and then we got married.
“We were very keen cyclists, and cycled through Devon, Cornwall and Scotland, among many other places.
“I still do a bit of cycling, and it’s been a big part of our lives.”