A COUPLE from south east Northumberland have been celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.
Joe and Rita Lawson, of Cambo Drive in Cramlington, met in 1947 at the Shiremoor Cycle Club while Joe was home on leave from the National Service.
The couple married in 1951 at Walker Parish Church in Newcastle.
Joe, 83, and Rita, 79, were recently joined by family and friends for a meal at Panucci’s in Cramlington to mark their special anniversary day.
Rita said: “The secret to our long and happy marriage is that we are as different as chalk and cheese.”