A SOUTH Tyneside couple who were teenage sweethearts are celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss today.
Jimmy and Sylvia Gibson, from Gosforth Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, are marking their diamond wedding anniversary.
The pair will be extending their celebrations into the weekend when they will be having a big family party at the Quality Hotel in Boldon.
Mrs Gibson says the secret to their successful marriage has been never going to sleep on an argument
The 79-year-old said: “We believe that you should never go to sleep without making up before bedtime. I think that’s how we’ve managed to last so long.”
The couple first met when they were 14 and 16 at a picture house in Ocean Road, South Shields.
We believe that you should never go to sleep without making up before bed timeSyliva Gibson
However, they lost touch and Mr Gibson, 82, did his national service, before they embarked on their romance after bumping into each other at a dance at The Crown.
They tied the knot at South Shields Register Office in 1955, and initially moved in with Mrs Gibson’s parents in Alfred Street.
They then bought a house in Woodlands Terrace, which they turned into a bed and breakfast.
During this time they raised children, James, 29, Gary, 57, Angela, 55, and Julie, 50.
Mrs Gibson, who has six grandchildren and one great-grandson, said: “We had the B&B while the children were younger and Jimmy worked on the pipelines.
“Then after that we moved over to Whiteleas and we’ve been here ever since.
“I always like to do my ballroom dancing, and he liked to play dominos and pop to the pub. “