Amateur musician Colin Green played his way into the heart of his wife-to-be.
He was playing saxophone in a band at a dance hall in South Tyneside when he met his future brideHilda.
They were married 65 years ago at Bedeburn Church in Jarrow and are celebrating their sapphire anniversary,
Colin owned a butcher’s shop, Greens, in Boldon Lane, South Shields, until his retirement, and the shop is still running, this time with one of his sons at the helm.
During the war, Colin served in the Merchant Navy.
Hilda did voluntary work throughout her working life. She was a member of the Probus Club and a former president of South Tyneside Keep Fit Association.
She also did voluntary work at South Tyneside Hospital for many years where she was a member of the League of Friends.
The couple, who are both 89, now live in Sunnirise, South Shields, and have three sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The couple enjoy outings for lunch to the Sea Hotel in South Shields and that is where they celebrated their special day, joined by family members who arranged for cake and balloons.
They also received a card from the Queen.