West End shindig to sapphire anniversary.
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN Cath Rankin saw a handsome young soldier across a Newcastle dance oor, little did she know that almost seven decades later their love would continue to grow.
Long after they ceased to be young ones, Cath, 86, and Gib, 89 - the cousin of guitar legend Hank Marvin - are just as happy as the day they met.
And today, as they celebrate their blue sapphire anniversary, they keep to the simple principles that have worked so well for 65 years.
"We're just there for each other and love each other," said Cath. "We get on with each other and don't have various little arguments.
"We're very happy. I never regret a minute of it. It's been lovely."
e couple met at a shindig in Newcastle's West End after Gib retuned from serving in the Second World War.
"We met at one of the Brighton Cinema's dances, on the West Road, where the bowling alley is now," said Cath.
"It was a picture house and part of it was a dance hall.
"Gib had just been demobbed a few weeks before, and he had his 'demob suit' on. He looked quite smart.
"He'd been in Sicily, Italy and Austria for the previous four years, as part of the Durham Light Infantry, and seen a lot of action. "It was about a year and a half before we married, at St James' Church in Benwell.
"Gib worked at George Angus and then Dunlop as a contracts manager.
"We had two children, Susan and Alan - and now have three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren."
Rather than holding a party to celebrate their landmark, the couple - who have lived in Benwell, Fenham and Chapel House for all but three years of their married lives - will be taking a summer holiday.
"We're not having a party - we're just going to go away on holiday, on our own, to Scarborough," said Cath.
Cath and |Gib Rankin are celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary