At the age of simply 17 and 20 years old, Jim and Betty’s long-lasting love story started as they first laid eyes on one another.
From post-war years to the coronavirus pandemic, the love of Jim Routledge, 95, and Betty Routledge, 92, has endured the true check of time.
On Monday, February 22 the devoted couple are proudly celebrating their 74th marriage ceremony anniversary.
And now the grandparents to 9, nice grandparents to 17 and great-great-grandparents to 3 have revealed their secrets and techniques to an extended and pleased marriage.
Betty labored as an usherette at The Palace Theatre of Varieties, on Percy Street the place Jim used to observe performances.
After Betty caught his eye, Jim turned to an older girl who was attending a show to ask if she thought he had an opportunity of asking Betty out.
But to Jim’s shock, it was truly Betty’s mum, and he or she advised him to go ask Betty for himself.
Flattered by Jim’s provide, Betty agreed to go on a date and the pair went on a stroll after the theatre efficiency, earlier than Jim needed to run to catch the final bus residence to Backworth.
Betty stated: “It was one of these issues, it simply felt proper. It was fantastic.”
As their relationship started to blossom and so they fell in love, one yr later Jim and Betty obtained married.
In 1947, Newcastle confronted a horrible winter with heavy snowfall from New Year’ till April.
Betty, 18, and Jim, 21, bear in mind tying the knot of their lovely white marriage ceremony throughout freezing temperatures which “looks like yesterday” to them.
And 5 months later their household started to develop when Betty gave start to their eldest daughter Carol.
In 1954 they moved to Longbenton and Betty then gave start to their daughter Linda, son James in 1956 and youngest daughter Lesley in 1959.
Betty and Jim would ship their 4 kids on vacation with Betty’s mum alone as they could not afford to hitch them.
But later, as soon as their kids grew up. the couple loved occurring many coach vacation journeys throughout the UK.
Over the previous 50 years, Betty and Jim have been residing in Killingworth and luxuriate in spending time with their household.
After over a century collectively, Betty and Jim say the key is to not maintain grudges.
Betty defined: “We have had our ups and downs however we have got via it.
“I feel it’s as a result of I do not argue with him, I simply maintain quiet and let him discuss. It’s not value it.
“But we by no means let arguments carry over and final.
“We have grown nearer over the years. We exit collectively, we do issues collectively, it helps to maintain our marriage alive.”
Jim added: “It’s been fantastic over the previous 74 years. We have a battle after which it is over completed and carried out with.
“We’ve been like that every one our lives, we do not maintain any grudges.”
Sadly as a result of coronavirus lockdown, Betty and Jim are devastated to be unable to celebrate their particular anniversary with their 4 kids and 29 grandchildren.
But the couple plan to celebrate as soon as coronavirus restrictions are lifted by having household round or having a meal with them in an area pub.