South Shields couple celebrate 60 years of marriage after meeting in Binns

John and Gladys Tinmouth celebrate their diamond wedding
John and Gladys Tinmouth celebrate their diamond wedding

A little bit of give and take has helped a South Tyneside couple celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss.

John and Gladys Tinmouth celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary surrounded by their family and friends.

The couple first met at Binns department store in King Street, South Shields, when Gladys worked as a ‘lift girl’ and John was employed in the furniture and carpet department.

Their love soon blossomed after a trip to the pictures – the then Palladium at Harton Nook.

However, as they were about to tie the knot – on August 27 1955 – at St Peter’s Church in Harton Village, they had to leave their jobs.

Mrs Tinmouth, 82, said: “It seems silly now, but back then married couples weren’t allowed to work together.

“So we thought we’d both find new jobs, you could do that then, there was plenty about.”

Mrs Tinmouth took on various receptionist roles in King Street and Fowler Street, while her husband transferred to Bainbridges in Newcastle, before becoming a labourer for Press Production in Howden in 1978.

After initially moving in with John’s parents, the couple moved into their first home together in Whiteleas – and have remained there ever since.

They raised daughters Susan, 53 and Anne, 51, and are grandparents to seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The pair celebrated their big day with a gathering at their home last week and then with a meal at Sea Hotel.

Mrs Tinmouth said: “I think we’ve managed 60 years because it’s all about give and take.”