A DIAMOND couple who have been together since they were teenagers have celebrated 60 years of marriage.
William and Eva Mulrooney, from Hartlepool, now both 84, met in Woolworths when they were just 15 years old.
The happy meeting was brought about thanks to William, known as Bill’s, sister, Doris, and they have been together ever since.
Eva’s best friend, Mary Foster, was there when they met and they remain best friends, enjoying regular bingo trips and days out together.
After a courtship of dancing at Hartlepool’s Queens Rink dance hall and nights at Seaton Carew, Bill and Eva, nee Tweddle, tied the knot.
They married at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Hartlepool, on February 27, 1954.
Bill and Eva, of the Hart Lane area, honeymooned on the Isle of Wight and have enjoyed many holidays in Jersey.
They have two sons, Ian and Brian, four grandchildren, Jill, Alison, Liam and Katie, and welcomed the arrival of their first great-granddaughter, Olivia Grace, only three weeks ago.
Bill began his working life as a cleaner on the railways and progressed to a British Rail engine driver for 46 years.
Over the years both Eva and Bill have enjoyed playing bowls.
Eva is a regular at Hartlepool’s Mecca Bingo hall, while Bill is a long-time member of Hartlepool Supporters’ Club, in Sandringham Road.
The couple celebrated their anniversary yesterday at Hardwick Hall with family and close friends.