A FARNBOROUGH couple who married during the Second World War celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss this week.

Norbert and Betty McEwan, aged 84 and 82 respectively, marked the occasion with their family on July 28 at their daughter's home in Farnham.

"It was lovely to spend the day with the whole family," said Betty. "The weather was superb and we even managed a game of croquet on the lawn."

The couple met during the war in Portsmouth where Norbert, who originates from Scotland, was based in the navy. Sunderland-born Betty was serving in the Wrens, and the pair tied the knot in 1942.

They moved to Farnborough seven years ago, and now live in St Clement's Court.

Foreign travel has played a big part in their lives, with Benidorm and Jersey among their favourite destinations.

But the one thing closest to their hearts has been their family, comprising three children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

"We've always been loyal to each other," said Betty, explaining the secret of their lasting marriage.

"I believe that once you make your marriage vows you stick by them. I think a few youngsters could learn a few things from us."