A romance that blossomed in the classroom continues to this day for Brian and Pauline Boll who celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in June.
The couple, who met as pupils at Shiney Row Comprehensive, enjoyed a first date at the school disco and then married as teenagers.
Brian did a mining engineer apprenticeship at Herrington Colliery and when the pit closed, the couple moved to Cheshire where he found a new job with Unilever and Pauline worked for the British Acupuncturist Society.
The couple have two children, Brian and Amanda, and 13-year-old grandchild Erin who were among 30 family and friends that met up at a North Yorkshire farmhouse to enjoy a hog roast and celebrate the golden wedding anniversary.
“The weather was fine and it was a lovely weekend,” said Pauline who believes communication and compromise are key to a happy marriage. “When you have busy lives and children it can be easy to drift apart so it’s important to keep talking to each other and not let that happen.”
The couple both retired at 60 and moved back to the North-East so Pauline could look after her elderly parents,
“Both have now passed away, they were in their nineties and had a good life and it was nice to spend time with them in their final years,” says Pauline.
The couple moved into a Durham Aged Miners Housing Association bungalow in Pelton Fell last year with their 15-year-old Lakeland terrier Molly.
“The property is just the right size for us and all on one level, which is important when you’re getting on. There’s a garden for Pauline to potter in and we have the shops and facilities nearby,” says Brian.
They both keep fit through swimming and Brian is a volunteer guide at Durham Cathedral and the Old Durham Gardens.
The couple have enjoyed many European holidays together and there’s one trip in particular they hope to repeat when the time is right.
“We once drove from the North of France right down to St Tropez staying in some lovely places along the way and we’d like to do that again,” said Pauline.