DIAMOND CELEBRATIONS FOR LOCAL COUPLE

GREAT NIGHT STOUT: Live music lovers are in for a treat over the coming months as The Court House in Bangor hosts The Beamish Sessions, a series of intimate gigs in February and March featuring a stellar line-up that includes Hothouse Flowers, David Holmes, Duke Special and punk legend Jah Wobble. Supported by leading stout brand Beamish in partnership with Arts & Business NI, the sessions get under way on Sunday February 11 with punk legend and former PiL bassist Jah Wobble, and conclude on Saturday March 30 with a headline show from legendary Irish band Hothouse Flowers. Launching the Sessions at The Court House are (l-r) Maeve McKervey from Arts & Business NI, Matthew Fitzpatrick of United Wines, the company that distributes Beamish in Northern Ireland, and Kieran Gilmore, Director of The Court House and co-founder of local music and arts charity Open House which owns and operates the venue. For more information on The Beamish Sessions at The Court House, Bangor, visit www.courthousebangor.com/event-category/beamish-sessions/.

A BANGOR couple are shining brightly after recently celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Albert and Geraldine Robinson marked 60 years of marriage alongside family members with a celebration held in LeWinters at the Strangford Arms in Newtownards on January 10.

The pair received a card from King Charles III congratulating them on the special occasion.

Originally from Newtownards, Albert married Bangor girl Geraldine in a small register office on the Crawfordsburn Road in Newtownards on January 10, 1964, before heading into Belfast.

Geraldine had no need to change her surname when she married Albert, as she was already called Robinson.

The pair were close in age at the time, with Geraldine 19 and Albert 20.

Unfortunately there are no photos of their wedding day as while there was a camera available, no one had brought film.

Together they welcomed four children – Gary, Colin, Jeff and Kathy.

Geraldine and Albert welcomed further family members during their marriage including nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Together they live in the house that Geraldine was born in on the Clandeboye Road in Bangor.

When asked what their secret was to a long and happy marriage they said it was putting up with one another.