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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

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2015
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