A COUPLE who met during the Second World War have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Jim and Margaret Pond, both 81, of Consett, met while serving at a heavy artillery battery in Yorkshire in 1942.

They married in Essex 60 years ago and earlier this week, friends at Edmundbyers House, in Consett, helped them to celebrate their anniversary.

Mr Pond bought his wife flowers and a card and staff at the home provided a cake and poured glasses of sherry.

Mr Pond said: "We have been happy enough and have always got on well.

"We have had our arguments but you can always overcome them.

"I am very pleased to have reached today and I think Margaret has quite enjoyed it."