Jackie Davidson jokes it was his suntan and sharp suit that attracted his now wife Linda, but whatever it was, it worked because the couple recently celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss.
One thing is for certain though and that is they would never have met if it had not been for a family connection.
Jackie explains: “My sister was friends with Linda’s cousin as they lived across the road from each other in Prudhoe.
“One day I went my sister to see Linda’s cousin and, by chance, Linda was there too.
“I was 19 at the time and she was 17 and I think she liked me as back then I worked in the travel industry and had just literally got back from Bermuda, so I was very tanned and wearing a nice suit.
“Whatever it was, I got a message back saying Linda liked me, so I called her, and the rest is history.”
Jackie and Linda recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Due to Covid-19, Jackie and Linda had to mark the occasion by having a meal at home and waving to their family – they two children and four grandchildren – who ‘visited’ in the garden. So, whilst it wasn’t an ideal way of marking 50 years of wedded bliss, the couple are happy to wait until the time they can have a proper celebration.
Reflecting on their time together, Jackie says: “I think the main reason we have been so happy together is that I always do as I am told. That’s the recipe for any good marriage!”