A COUPLE who met on the dancefloor are still in tune 60 years later.
Christine and Dennis Wild have looked back on six decades of wedded bliss after they celebrated their diamond wedding.
Christine (nee Clymo), who is originally from Hesleden and worked at Castle Eden Brewery as a girl, met her future husband at the Deaf Hill Welfare Dance.
They courted for 18 months before Dennis, then a bricklayer at Trimdon Colliery pit, popped the question.
They were married at St John’s Church in Hesleden on December 19, 1953 and lived in Walter Row, Trimdon Grange, after they wed and they still live in the village.
They went on to have three children, Joy, Rita and Lynne and have seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The pair celebrated on Sunday with a gathering at Joy’s home in Hartlepool, and with a party attended by relatives, friends and neighbours at their home on Thursday.
Dennis joked that the secret to a long and happy marriage is “patience”, while Christine said the key to longevity is “trust”, adding: “We have had our ups and downs like everybody else, but we have had a happy marriage.”