A South Tyneside couple celebrating 50 years together say that each day their love grows stronger.
Pauline and Fred Middleton, 73, of Druridge Crescent, South Shields, are celebrating their golden wedding today and believe it was fate that brought them together.
The couple, who have three children and six grandchildren, met in a boarding house on Julian Avenue in South Shields.
Mrs Middleton, 74, who worked in a drapery shop, met her husband, a former Plessey factory worker, when she was 23 and he was 22.
Mrs Middleton was engaged to someone else at the time, and cancelled the wedding three weeks before so she could be with Fred.
The couple married at the registry office in South Shields.
“Your life is planned for you,” Mrs Middleton said.“If I hadn’t gone to the boarding house I would never have met Fred and I would have married someone else.”
The couple say they still cherish every day together after Mr Middleton suffered a stroke 11 years ago.
“Each day the love grows stronger and stronger,” Mrs Middleton said.“I’m not going to say we’ve never gone to bed on an argument, but it’s the love that keeps us together.”