Walk home from dance led to 60 years’ wedded bliss

RAISING A GLASS ... Alan and Nancy Ware celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.
RAISING A GLASS ... Alan and Nancy Ware celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

A DIAMOND couple are a cut above the rest when it comes to celebrating 60 years of wedded bliss

Alan and Nancy are marking their anniversary at their home in Grotto Gardens, in South Shields, today.

Alan and Nancy on their wedding day back in 1955.

Alan and Nancy on their wedding day back in 1955.

The pair have been together since 1954 when Mr Ware, asked to walk his wife-to-be home from a dance at the Londonderry Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields.

Mr Ware, 83, who owned The Saw Shop, in Rekendyke Lane, Tyne Dock, South Shields, before retiring in 2008, said: “I had arranged to escort Nancy home after the dance and that was the first of many more evenings out.”

The pair discovered they lived close to each other, Mrs Ware in Borough Road, and Mr Ware, at the High Road, both at Harton Nook.

Their relationship blossomed and they tied the knot at St Peter’s Church in Harton Village.

I think the secret to our happy marriage has been using common sense.

Alan Ware

Mrs Ware, 81, worked as a shop assistant for the Co-op in South Shields, while Mr Ware was conscripted to train with the 12th Lancers, a regiment of the Cavalry Corps, based near Barnard Castle, and went on to complete his National Service in North Africa. After serving his time as a wood cutting machinist and working at numerous companies, he spent 18 years with local firm Be Modern, and finally opened up his own shop in Tyne Dock in 1988.

During this time the couple raised their three daughters Denise, Alison and Jennifer, and have welcomed six grandchildren.

Mr Ware said: “We started off with very little, but we worked hard and now we have a comfortable life. I think the secret to our happy marriage has been using common sense.”

A mischievous Mr Ware added: “Oh, and knowing when to bite your tongue.”

The couple would like to say a big thank you to all their friends, neighbours and family for all their well -wishes and gifts.

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