'They said it would never last': Youngest couple who married days after their 16th birthdays are to celebrate their golden wedding They met at a school party when they were 14 years old Adoring pair will celebrate landmark anniversary with extended family
13:46 GMT, 15 June 2012
A devoted husband and wife have become the youngest British couple ever to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary.
Marie and George Lyons got married just days after their 16th birthdays and today celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss with a family party at their bungalow in Thornaby, Teesside.
The pair met at a school party when they were both 14 – and immediately fell madly in love.
Adoring pair: George and Marie Lyons, both aged 16, on their wedding day in 1962 (left) and celebrating 50 years of marriage today (right)
They married just two days after Mrs Lyons’s 16th birthday and three days after Mr Lyons's 16th at Northallerton Registry Office, North Yorkshire.
The adoring couple suffered snide remarks of 'it’ll never last' at first, but, at 65 years old, they have proved the naysayers wrong after decades of happy family life.
Mr Lyons, a retired joiner, said: 'If you love somebody, it’s there and you can overcome all obstacles and all little arguments, instead of saying “right, that’s it, I’m walking.”
'I’ve always said we’ve stayed together because we both love each other and that’s it – she also makes a great Sunday dinner!'
Blissful happiness: The pair met at a school party and immediately fell madly in love
Stronger together: Devoted Mr and Mrs Lyons will celebrate with their huge extended family tonight
Long-lasting bond: Mr Lyons says love – and a good Sunday dinner – is all any couple needs
The example they set has rubbed off on son Tony, 50, who also celebrates a landmark wedding anniversary – his 30th – this year.
Mr and Mrs Lyons have two other children – Bev, 45, and son Paul, 44 – as well as six grandchildren – Tony, 27, Natalie, 25, Louis, 21, Brett, 21, Jade, 20 and Carl, 18 – and two great-grandchildren – Kaden, two, and Sophia, 10 months.
They plan to spend this evening in the couple’s garden with their huge family, celebrating the special day under a gazebo.
Mrs Lyons has been busy for days making party food and Mr Lyons has got out his old eight-track tape player so they can play music from the 60s.
'I’m really looking forward to it, for the whole lot of us to be together,' said Mrs Lyons.
'It will be the first time in a long while.'
Mr Lyons said he believes Britain’s high rate of divorce and infidelity is down to celebrity culture, with stars setting a bad example for young people.
He claims that true love is all any couple need to stay together, adding: 'There’s nothing written about why people stay together, apart from the fact that they love each other.'