Sixty years on and Alf and Alice are still going strong

Alf and Alice Cochrane, who will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday, March 24.
Alf and Alice Cochrane, who will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday, March 24.

SIXTY years after tying the knot, Alf and Alice Cochrane are today (Thursday) celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

The couple met in 1949 at Bells Ice Cream parlour in Beaumont Street, Blyth, after a night out with friends at the cinema.

They married two years later at Morpeth Registry Office on March 24, 1951.

Following the wedding the newly-weds celebrated with close family at Alice’s parents’ home in Foster Street, Blyth.

Alf, 82, worked as a shoe cobbler for a year after coming out of the Army before he went to work for George Towers Builders in Blyth.

Alice, who is 80, worked as a sewing machinist before having her family, and afterwards was a shop steward until she retired.

The couple, who have five children, 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild, celebrated their anniversary last Saturday with a party at Newsham and New Delaval Working Men’s Club.