Couple enjoy 60 years together.
INTELLIGENCE, sensitivity and a good sense of humour - they're the three ingredients to 60 years of happy marriage for one couple.
John and Betty Dougray, 80 and 81, from Longhoughton, near Alnwick, Northumberland, celebrated the increasingly rare milestone with a congratulatory card from the Queen, no less.
And asked the secret to their long and harmonious union, John replied: "In the beginning it is mutual attraction.
"Before you propose to anybody, you are looking for somebody with intelligence, with sensitivity and good sense of humour.
"Because I think it is important that you actually like somebody.
"Love really comes later as you get to know each other thoroughly."
John, a former news and sport journalist with The Chronicle and press officer at Newcastle United, and Betty, a former nurse, met at a dance at Alnmouth Boys Club.
They were married on December 19, 1955, at St Mary's Church in Lesbury. The couple have a daughter Fiona, who lives in Australia, and grandchildren, Sam and Lauren.
Their card from the Queen states: "I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your diamond wedding anniversary.
"I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion."
John and Betty Dougray, with their congratulatory card from the Queen, celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary