A DIAMOND couple say it was “love at first sight” when they met six decades ago.
James and Sheila Day were married at Easington Register Office on October 30, 1954.
They met at the Shotton Dance and courted for a year, before James popped the question.
James, now 87, is originally from Shotton and worked at the local mine from being 14.
He later worked at the Blackhall pit, and then the colliery at Vane Tempest until it closed in 1993.
Sheila, whose maiden name is Grafton. worked at Wellfield Dairy, in Wingate and was a domestic help, before she concentrated on having a family.
The couple have six children, Kevin, Barry, Paul and Deborah Day and Julie Seed and Denise Pettrossion.
They also have 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
The couple have spent all of their married life in High Hesleden and Hesleden.
Daughter Deborah said: “They met at the Shotton dance and it was love at first sight. I think love and togetherness is the secret of their long marriage, and old-fashioned values. They stick together through thick and thin.”
The couple were celebrating their milestone occasion today with afternoon tea at Seaham Hall.