Diamond celebration

Joyce and Ken McAllister from Chirton Grange celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary.

Joyce and Ken McAllister from Chirton Grange celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary.

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A COUPLE of diamonds from North Shields are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Joyce and Ken McAllister, of Taunton Avenue, Chirton Grange, met in their teens and enjoyed many dates at local dances before they were married at the town’s Holy Trinity Church on March 7, 1953.

Ken, 81, and Joyce, 80, have seven children, 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The couple celebrated their special day with a family meal in Tynemouth.

Ken said: “I remember it like it was yesterday when I met Joyce. I was 15 she was 14.

“She lived in the Meadow Well estate, she was at school and I used to go down and eye her up.

“We have had a good life together.”