A simple cup of coffee led to 60 years of marriage for loving couple Margaret and Kenny Lamb who have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
Like many Hartlepool couples, Margaret and Kenny met at the town’s former rink dance hall in the 1950s and have been together ever since.
Margaret, then a 19-year-old shop assistant, went to the dance on a Saturday night against her parents’ wishes.
She and mechanic Kenny were married around 18 months later at St Mary’s Church on the Headland on August 25, 1955.
Headlander Margaret, the daughter of a fisherman, has helped to raise thousands of pounds for Hartlepool’s lifeboats as a volunteer for its enterprise branch which she served on for 18 years.
The lifeboats are close to the family as Margaret and Kenny’s son Peter was helmsman on the inshore lifeboat and served for around 20 years.
And their daughter Christine Cook is still a serving committee member of the fundraising branch.
Margaret, 79, and Kenny, 84, who still live on the Headland, also had another daughter Susan, who sadly died four years ago.
Their large family also includes eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Many of them attended a celebration to mark their special anniversary held at the Duke of Cleveland pub.
Among the many cards they received was one from the Queen after grandson Simon secretly contacted Clarence House.
During his work life, Kenny, who has always been good with his hands, worked as a mechanic for Durham Paper Mills, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, and later for the United buses.
After taking semi-retirement he helped a community scheme mending toys and bikes, and just a few years ago made up a dozen bikes from spare parts which were sent to Africa.
The couple put the secret of their long marriage down to tolerance for each other’s wishes.
Margaret said: “We have always supported each other.” Kenny added: “Nearly everything we do we decide together even down to the food we eat and shopping.”