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Delves Lane couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary
A COUPLE, who met each other as love-struck teenagers, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary today (Thursday, February 21).
Arthur Pearsall, 83 and wife Betty, 80, of Sunningdale, Delves Lane, Consett, met when they were 18 and 15 years old respectively.
“I was a trained singer and used to sing with a band at the Elite Hall, in Crook. Arthur used to come and watch me.
“One thing led to another and he proposed to me when I was 19 years old.”
Mrs Pearsall said the family moved to Delves Lane in 1968, when her husband got a job at Patchogue Plymouth. He later worked as a caretaker at the then Consett Technical College.
Mrs Pearsall made curtains for caravans at Elders Caravans in Delves Lane and also worked in the dining hall at Shotley Bridge Hospital.
Mrs Pearsall said: “The secret to a happy married life has been having a good man. We have a lovely family and never had any trouble with any of our children.”
The couple have three children - Ronny Pearsall, 57, Kay Richardson, 58 and Andrew Pearsall, 50 - as well as three granddaughters and three grandsons and three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
They will be having a family get-together on Sunday.