There was diamond delight for well-known Morpeth pair Brenda and Alan Pringle as they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
The happy couple are familiar faces in the town after running Morpeth Conservative Club for almost 20 years, but their life together began in Belford.
The secret to a long, happy marriage is pulling together.Brenda Pringle
Mr Pringle, 82, said: “We met in Belford just before I went into the Army in 1951. I was in for two years for compulsory service and when I came back I hunted Brenda out again.”
Romance blossomed and the pair were married in Berwick on April 4, 1955. They had two children, Trevor and Deborah, and after working in the north of the county moved to Morpeth in 1978 when they became stewards of the Conservative Club.
They were renowned for their homemade soup and toasted sandwiches, and oversaw hundreds of events, including the club’s centenary celebrations, before retiring to Dawson Place in 1997.
“There are peculiar sorts of hours in that work because you are on call all day, every day,” said Mr Pringle.
“We got on fine, and we never had any problems seeing each other. Brenda worked in the bar, the kitchen, did the catering and kept everything nice and tidy.”
After years of catering for others, the couple enjoyed a celebration of their own on Saturday as a party was held in their honour. About 60 friends and relatives were invited, and there was even a card from the Queen.
Mrs Pringle, 77, said: “It was a swellegant party, it was out of this world. The food was excellent, we loved the music and it was absolutely perfect.
“The secret to a long, happy marriage is pulling together, not just walking out at the first argument. We have been very happy. Alan has been very good to me and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better.”
Instead of presents, the couple asked for donations to the Great North Air Ambulance Service and have raised more than £550.