A COUPLE have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in style this week.

Barbara and Geoff Currey (CORRECT), who are in their late eighties, didn’t have anything special planned for their 60th anniversary on Thursday (December 6).

But daughter, Sue Watson, had other ideas and surprised the couple, from High Grange, Darlington, with a celebratory meal in Northallerton last night (December 6).

They were joined by all the family for the special outing, including their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

As a further surprise, the Queen, who celebrated her own Diamond jubilee this year, sent a card congratulating them on their long-lasting happiness.

Mrs Currey said: "It has not felt like a long time, the 60 years we have been married.

"I had just begun working in a record shop in Bishop Auckland when I first met Geoff, who came into the shop as a customer.

"He was in the navy and complimented my on my brown eyes and we went on a date."

By the next December, they married at the All Saints Church in Shildon.

Mr Currey worked with engines at the Cummins factory in Darlington.

He now volunteers as a DJ for Darlington hospital radio, entertaining the nurses with jokes.

After they got married and had their daughter, Mrs Currey worked for different retail companies, including the Binns department store.

She then moved onto charity work with organisations that offered marriage guidance and also Butterwick Hospice.

Mrs Currey said the secret of their long marriage was to look after each other and go line dancing almost every night.