A COUPLE who first met at a dance in London are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Eileen and Ted Dilley met at a RAF Association dance when she was 21 and he was 25.

Mrs Dilley was attending the dance as she was the carnival queen for that year for the Parsons Green in Edmonton area - her dad had submitted her photo to the local press without her knowledge.

She said: "I went there with my friend. She brought her cousin, he brought his friend and that was my husband, Ted."

They married in London on September 21, 1957.

Mr Dilley was in the RAF before he joined the Met Police. They lived in Hertfordshire and had two children, Linda and Tim.

In 1983, they moved to Herefordshire.

Here they opened a guest house in Lyonshall called Church House. Mrs Dilley was a dress designer and maker and also had a workshop at the guest house.

They also served award winning afternoon teas.

The couple now live in Sutton St Nicholas and have six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

And the secret to a happy marriage? Mrs Dilley said: "I think it is to respect one another. We both have interests which we do apart and then share. There is always something to talk about."