Born on the same street and wed for 50 years

A GOLDEN couple who were born on the same street celebrate 50 years of marriage today – and say they feel like the luckiest people in Hartlepool.

Ted and Vera Fothergill both spent their early years in Charlotte Street in Hartlepool, but didn't meet each other until they were both part of a coach trip to Newcastle to watch rocker Tommy Steele.

The two got talking, went on a date the following night and haven't looked back ever since.

And 50 years after they tied the knot at Stranton church, the loving pair revealed the secret to such a long and successful marriage - take the ups with the downs and appreciate how lucky you are.

"We have had more ups than downs." said Vera, 70.

"We have been so fortunate when we look back.

"To have a long and successful marriage, four lovely chi

ldren and a lovely house, I think we are the luckiest couple in Hartlepool."

The couple have lived in the town all of their lives.

The couple are parents to Sandra Hewitt, 49, Stephen Fothergill, 47, Susan Jiggins, 45, and Lisa Linton, 40, and also have eight grandchildren.

Ted, 71, who helped to run a family construction business until he retired last week, said: "When we met I was 16 and Vera was just 15, so we have grown up together.

"We have been through everything together and have always been extremely close.

"The 50 years have absolutely flown by, and I have enjoyed every minute of it."

Ted and Vera said they share a number of passions including camping and they used to take their children on a camping holiday every year.

They have also enjoyed breaks in America and a cruise around the Mediterranean.

"We have had so many great experiences together." added Ted.

"We have always both been very happy and we are proud to reach 50 years."

The couple were celebrating their anniversary with family and friends at their home today.