Royal best for diamond couple
A Millisle couple's Diamond day has been noted by the Queen.
John and Martha Carson were joined by their family to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and a big talking point was a letter from Her Majesty and another from the Lord Leiutenant of County Down.
John was just 20 and Martha 19 when they tied the knot on September 30, 1953.
They had met three years earlier at a church meeting on the Shankill Road in Belfast.
"I pursued her," John said." We started to date and got engaged about a year-and-a-half later."
They were married in the former Oldpark Gospel Hall in Torrens Avenue, Belfast, followed by a reception in the nearby community hall in Avoca Street.
"We had a brilliant day," John said. "It was a warm, friendly and happy family occasion."
John and Martha went on to have two daughters, Sharon and Gloria, and now also have five granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
Prior to retirement John was a UUP councillor for 28 years, an MP for North Belfast for seven years, the Lord Mayor of Belfast on two occasions, and he also received a CBE from the Queen.
He said Martha was always of great support to him when he was busy with constituency work.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 65th anniversary, along with 2,000 other couples in the UK, last year.