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Gateshead couple share royal wedding anniversary

Tom and Amy Bryden married in 1947, the same year as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Photo: Family photo/PA
Tom and Amy and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh today. Credit: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press

As the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 70 years together today, another couple from Gateshead are also in their platinum anniversary year.

While the royal couple tied the knot in grand style in 1947 at Westminster Abbey - Tom and Amy Bryden's nuptials were an altogether simpler affair.

The Queen and Duke's anniversary was marked by three hours of bell ringing at Westminster Abbey.

But Tom and Amy Bryden also appreciate what it takes to make a good marriage since they celebrated their own platinum anniversary earlier this year.

While Tom says he was imediately smitten, Amy is a little more restrained, saying she was young and not sure about love at first sight, although she agrees there was definitely something there.

Tom and Amy were penniless sweethearts in war-time Britain, meeting up for walks in the park.

They were just 16 and 18 years old in 1947 when they tied the knot in a simple ceremony in Dunston - a far cry from the royal ceremony they saw screened at the cinema that year.

For Tom and Amy there was a small reception and no money for a honeymoon.

The early years of their marriage was tested by Tom's military service aboard, and more recently by Tom's loss of sight.

They have three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The secret of their success - give and take and still wanting to be with each other.

And they have enormous respect for the partnership of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Tom says no-one in the world could better the royal couple in their service of the country.