When James Newstead spotted a pretty redhead on the dance floor it was love at first sight – the only problem was she was there with her mum and sister.
Undaunted, James walked over to talk to Moira and the rest, as they say, is history.
That was in 1953 and after a two-year courtship, James and Moira were married in 1955, which means they recently celebrated their diamond wedding (60 year) anniversary.
The Covid-19 lock-down means James and Moira, who live at Fines Park Court in Annfield Plain, were unfortunately unable to celebrate the occasion with their family and friends (and we were even unable to present them with flowers), but they are hoping to do this when it’s safe to do so – perhaps when James also celebrates his 90th birthday at the end of July.
Thankfully, even though they haven’t been able to see them in person, James and Moira have been able to stay in touch with their three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren via video call.
James, who worked at the Pit before becoming a teacher, says: “I joke that when I saw Moira with her mum and sister that I chose her because she was the best-looking!
“But in all seriousness, I was smitten by this lovely redhead on the dance floor and we have had many happy years together.
“We have never taken each other for granted and always been there for each other.”