JOHN and Una Clements from Knighton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on August 22.

The couple met and became boyfriend and girlfriend when they met on the number nine bus going to school in Birmingham.

They got married in 1952 in Birmingham, John was 21 and Una 19.

After they were married they lived in a caravan for the first two years where their son Peter was born. Although the couple lived in Birmingham for much of their married life, John's home town was Knighton. He was born in Station Road, before his family moved to Birmingham when he was five but he wasn't there long. When the war broke out he was sent back to Knighton to live with his grandfather, Reginald Pullen until it was safe to go back to his family when he was 11.

John worked as an insurance broker during his working life. Una worked in an office until their son was born and then later became the verger at a local church.

When Peter retired Una became verger of St John the Baptist church in Berkwell and John was her assistant for 20 years. They worked hard on the church yard resulting in them winning the best kept church yard in the Coventry Diocese for two years in a row. John also became a reader in the church.

When they moved to Knighton 17 years ago John was a reader in Knighton, Whitton and Norton churches and later churches in a wider area.

The couple have both now retired and at the ages of 86 and 84 now enjoy their favourite hobbies including gardening, classical music and horse racing. They have two grandsons, a granddaughter and one great grandson. John has also been a lifelong West Bromwich Albion supporter.

On the day of their anniversary they received a special card from the Queen to mark the event and spent the day relaxing. The couple said the secrete to their long and happy marriage is 'you have to give and take'.