South Shields couple celebrate their diamond anniversary

Gloria and Les Carpentier celebrating their diamond wedding.
Gloria and Les Carpentier celebrating their diamond wedding.

Time flies when you’re having fun for a diamond South Tyneside couple who ‘can’t believe’ 60 years have passed since they tied the knot.

Les and Gloria Carpentier entered into wedded bliss in 1955 and have enjoyed every second of the journey – even if it’s gone quicker than they could’ve imagined.

The couple tie the knot at  All Saints Church, in Boldon Lane, South Shields.

The couple tie the knot at All Saints Church, in Boldon Lane, South Shields.

The couple, who live in Selwood Court, South Shields, toasted their milestone anniversary with a throng of family and friends this week.

They say the secret of a happy marriage is simply to remember that it’s good to talk.

The pair exchanged vows at All Saints Church, in Boldon Lane, South Shields, on August 14 1955.

Mrs Carpentier, 79, who worked as a secretary at former Simonside-based water tank firm Elsy & Gibbons until her retirement, said: “The sixty years have gone over so quickly. I can’t believe it.

Gloria and Les Carpentier.

Gloria and Les Carpentier.

“We met when I was 15 and Les was 16 at a youth club in Prince Edward Road.

“We were engaged by the time I was 18.

“They key is to always talk. You have to talk things through and be good friends.

“We still are very good things.”

The couple have lived in South Shields for their whole lives – though Les may have upset some natives by turning out for rivals North Shields as a semi-professional footballer.

Mr Carpentier, 80, said: “I was an inside forward for North Shields.

“Then I went into the army just after our marriage, serving in Singapore, from 1955 until 1957.

“It’s amazing to think we have been married for 60 years.

“It has been a fantastic time.”

The couple have two children, Michael and Jill, and four grandchildren.