AS the clouds parted and the bright sun shone down on Hartlepool, a loving couple embraced as they celebrated their golden day.
Billy and Judith Robson have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. And to mark the occasion the loving couple walked down the aisle in a wedding service Judith has always dreamed of.
Close family and friends celebrated with the golden wedding couple as they renewed their vows in a service at St James’ Church, in Rossmere Way.
Around half a dozen of those present were at the original wedding 50 years ago.
And the congregation broke out in a round of applause as the pair left side-by-side – as they have been for the last 50 years.
Judith, 68, told the Mail: “This was just my dream.
“I have always wanted to have a wedding like this.”
Reverend Stephen Locke, who conducted the service, said: “What a fantastic way for the couple to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
“They have spent so many years together in happiness.”
The couple met when they were just 11-years old – helping to deliver the Mail on their paper round.
Within six years they were married in Hartlepool Register Office and have since spent a happy life together in town.
But Judith had always dreamed of having a wedding day to remember.
After 50 years of happiness, the couple, who arem parents to Steven, 50, Susan Jobson, 48 and Tracey Howley, 43 and have five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, said there is no secret to a long and successful marriage.
Judith, who worked for 25 years in a food factory, said: “We have always got on incredibly well.
“Obviously there are highs and lows, but you just have to talk things through.”
Billy, 67, who worked in the building industry throughout his life, added: “It’s great to reach 50 years of marriage, I am very proud.”
The couple say they have always been a very close family unit and over the years have enjoyed numerous holidays abroad to Europe and beyond.
They also say they used to enjoy going to dances.
Judith recalls: “Many years ago we would go to the dance together and then meet under the clock at the end of the night.
“We have always enjoyed our holidays as well, we go to Magaluf every year, we have had some fantastic times.
“We are very lucky.”
The golden wedding is just one of a number of celebrations for the family this year.
They are also celebrating the wedding of Steven and a 21st, an 18th and 50th birthday among the family.