A RETIRED police sergeant and his wife celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary at the weekend.

David Hodgson, 81, and his wife Winifred, 79, enjoyed a lunch with 42 guests at Kensington Hall, in their home town of Willington, on their anniversary on Saturday.

Mr Hodgson was a sergeant with Durham Constabulary, serving most of his time with the traffic department. He worked at Brancepeth Colliery before joining the force. After leaving the police, he worked as head of security at County Hall, Durham.

Mrs Hodgson is a keen member of Oakenshaw Women's Institute. The couple have one son, Jeff, a journalist.

Mr and Mrs Hodgson met at Willington Church of England School as teenagers. They were married at Bishop Auckland Register Office.

On Saturday, they received a message from the Queen congratulating them on their anniversary.