Love is still in the air for childhood sweethearts Derrick and Rita Scott after reaching 60 years of marriage.
The pair met at Newminster School, Morpeth, after the Second World War when their teacher Mr Dodds seated them next to each other at the age of 13.
They have been inseparable ever since, and on March 19 were delighted to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with family at their Pegswood home.
And there was a special surprise in the form of a card from the Queen.
Mr Scott, 84, said: “You had to send away for it so our daughter arranged it. She told me, but Rita didn’t know so I was sworn to secrecy. It was such a surprise when she opened it – her eyes lit up.”
Mr Scott was born near Longwitton and after leaving school at 14 worked on farms, driving horses, and then tractors, while Mrs Scott worked in Duncan The Grocers in Morpeth.
They courted for some 10 years, often taking trips to the pictures, before marrying at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth in 1955.
The couple lived in Mitford and Morpeth, before recently settling in Pegswood, and they have a daughter Carolyn, son Michael and five grandchildren.
When asked the secret to a long, happy marriage, Mrs Scott said: “It is give and take. We just help each other.”