Fate seemed determined to bring Allan and Carol Lobb together who celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary today.
The couple first met in the early 60s while enjoying the attractions at Seaton Carew with friends.
A few months later, Carol, nee Blackwood, bumped into Allan again, this time at Hartlepool’s Rink dance hall.
Despite Allan serving in the merchant navy, he and Carol kept up a long distance courtship by writing to each other until he left the navy and they tied the knot.
They were married at All Saints Church Stranton, on November 20, 1965.
Allan, 68, then worked for many years in the construction industry including on the first oil rig made at Laing’s Offshore.
His last job was at Lucite, in Billingham, where he worked for 14 years before retiring.
After leaving school Carol worked at Price’s clothing factory in Powlett Road, which later became John Colliers.
She also had jobs at Asda and finally Johnston’s cleaners in York Road.
Now retired, the couple, of Foggy Furze, Hartlepool, enjoy spending time with their family including sons David and Stephen and their wives Jacqueline and Dorothy and daughter Leanne and her partner Michael.
They have four grandchildren and are due to become great-grandparents for the first time in March.
Allan and Carol, 70, celebrated their anniversary early with a family meal and party as David had to return to Angola, in Africa, where he works.
Allan said the secret to a long marriage was “always tell the truth” and “family first and family second.”