A sparkling couple are celebrating 60 years of married bliss.
John and Dorothy Corser fell for each other at a Hartlepool dance and have been happy together ever since.
Dorothy, 81, was just 16 when she was first introduced to John in passing by a friend.
Shortly after they met again at the former Queen’s Rink, where regular dance nights were held, and were struck by Cupid’s arrow.
The couple were married at St Paul’s Church in Grange Road, where they returned 10 years ago to renew their vows as part of their Golden Wedding celebrations.
Now, as they celebrate their diamond wedding, Dorothy, a former clerical worker, and retired firefighter John, who will be 85 on Christmas Day, are still in love.
Dorothy said: “There is honestly no secret to a long marriage, you just have to work hard, and if you love each other then it helps you stick together. I think we have been very, very lucky, I really do.”
The couple, who live in Richard Court, have five children, Edward, 59, Jane, 57, Kathryn, 53, Dorothy, 52, and 50-year-old Richard, as well as nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The whole family got together for a party celebration night at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield to mark Dorothy and John’s big day and they also had a party afternoon with staff and friends at Richard Court.
Dorothy said they had both thoroughly enjoyed their celebrations with family and friends and had received lovely cards and presents.
She said: “Our card from the Queen is beautiful.”