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South Shields sweethearts celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss

Joyce and Ken Walls celebrate 65 years of marriage
Joyce and Ken Walls celebrate 65 years of marriage

A SOUTH Tyneside couple have marked 65 years of wedded bliss.

Ken and Joyce Walls celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary at their home in Grotto Road, South Shields, yesterday.

Joyce and Ken Walls celebrate 65 years of marriage

Joyce and Ken Walls celebrate 65 years of marriage

The pair first met when they were just 17 years old and have been together ever since.

Mr Walls, 88, said: “I think we’ve managed so many years together through understanding each other.

“With it being our platinum anniversary, I suggested we should get some new platinum rings to celebrate, but Joyce wasn’t keen.

“And I know better than to argue.”

I think we’ve managed so many years together through understanding each other.

Ken Walls, who celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary yesterday

Mr Walls, who was from North Shields, first saw his wife-to-be at a wedding reception in Ocean Road, South Shields, in May 1943.

However, he was soon sent off to war as a pilot in the Fleet Air Arms, while his wife became a firefighter.

The pair, who have one son, Andrew, 51, who now lives in Norway, kept up their friendship and got engaged in 1947, before tying the knot at St Peter’s Church in Harton.

After they were both ‘de-mobbed’, Mrs Walls became a teacher at the former Horsley Hill Junior School until 1982, while her husband joined the police force, making his way up to the rank of sergeant before retiring in 1977.

The grandfather-of-two then turned his attentions to local politics and became a Progressive councillor for the Marsden and then Horsley Hill wards between 1978 and 1988.

Mr Walls said: “We still like to get out and about and do things, we’re just obviously an awful lot slower now.”

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