Patricia Davison Hind (Pat to her friends) and Neville Thomas Hind (Nev to his friends) are celebrating sixty years of marriage with their Diamond Wedding anniversary today.
Pat and Nev first met at the Salvation Army in Penshaw in 1950. Nev was just 12 years old and Pat was 11.
After about five years, their close friendship developed into courtship and they were married at All Saints Church in Penshaw on 25th March 1961.
Pat was three months away from her 21st birthday and Nev was 22. Nev had just finished a six-year apprenticeship at Philadelphia Yard and Pat was working at Binns in Sunderland as a multi-graph operator.
They moved to Bishop Auckland in 1965 with their two-year-old son, Paul for Nev to start work in Dinky Davison’s coal washing plant.
After a short stint there, Nev obtained a position of Welder Fabricator at George Stephenson Ltd where, for 21 years, he thoroughly enjoyed the banter and camaraderie until sadly, in 1986, the company folded.
Seeing an opportunity to strike out on his own, Nev became self employed and built a small Metal Fabrication company that traded successfully for nearly 20 years, providing employment for up to eight men including, at various times, not only both sons, Gary and Paul, but even grandson, Steven.
Pat and Neville’s long and devoted marriage produced two sons; Paul is now 58 and Gary (53) and three grandchildren; Steven (33) is a sound engineer, James (27) is a Science teacher and Jessica (12) is now in secondary school.
After 60 years as man and wife, Pat and Neville still spend most of their time together going for walks or pottering around in the garden.
Pat loves to bake and Nev is often to be found doing a ‘pie run’, delivering tasty pies and other homemade treats produced in Pat’s kitchen to the rest of the family. When he’s not delivering home baking, Nev enjoys a good read and a glass of red wine.
Before the Covid pandemic, anyone who knows the couple would have told you they are never in but always away for days out and weekend breaks.
Sadly, because of the lockdown rules, that hasn’t been possible of late but they have coped with the familiar stoicism of their generation. Now, with a faint light appearing at the end of the tunnel, they are itching to get back out there, exploring and enjoying their retirement years … together as always.