John and Grace are Hartlepool’s platinum couple – and still walk hand in hand

John and Grace McCrae celebrating 70 years of marriage.
John and Grace McCrae celebrating 70 years of marriage.

TRUST, a joint bank account - and always walking hand in hand.

Those are the three secrets to a long and happy marriage say platinum couple John and Grace McCrae.

The happy couple celebrated 70 years of marriage on Sunday and were joined by their loving family and friends for a party at their home on the Headland.

Well-known John, 93, the former Mayor of Hartlepool in 1988-89 and Grace, 91, met at The Rink in 1940 and tied the knot three years later at the old Holy Trinity Church, which used to stand on the Headland.

And it’s been 70 happy years for the pair ever since ,with John saying: “We never ever argue, we never have done.

“I guess 70 years is quite an achievement but we have always been very happy together.”

John moved to Hartlepool and worked in the police force before he met Grace, who worked for many years in the laboratories at ICI.

John went on to serve as a councillor in the town for 22 years before being “proud” to become the town’s Mayor.

The couple have twin sons, David and Ian, 68, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

When asked the key to their happy marriage, John said: “Trust is the main thing and always walk hand in hand.”

And he laughed: “A joint bank account as well.

“It was nice to be able to celebrate with our family and friends.”

Their son Ian added: “We are all extremely proud of mum and dad.

“We have always been a really tight family unit but 70 years is an incredible feat, they are as happy as ever.”