Couple celebrate a lifetime of devotion

Bill and Gladys Boone, who have recently celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.
Bill and Gladys Boone, who have recently celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary.

A PONTELAND couple are still very much in love after 70 years of marriage, writes Muriel Sobo.

Bill and Gladys Boone celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on Boxing Day.

They recently both reached 96 years of age and a surprise party to celebrate all these achievements was laid on by some of their many friends at Ponteland Golf Club, where they have both been members for years – Mrs Boone is a former President of the ladies section.

Although no longer playing golf, they are still active in the local Rotary Club and Inner Wheel.

The couple came north to Ponteland from London in 1967 with Bill’s job, which was to oversee the publicity for the merger of the Reyrolle and Parsons engineering firms. They have never wanted to move back south.

Together they have enjoyed a very active life, not only playing several sports but walking and hill-climbing, with memories of trips overseas to Nepal, Peru and Africa to name only a few of their destinations.

The Lake District was also a favourite.

They have a daughter in Oxford, a son in Vancouver, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and only wish that they were a little nearer.