James and Alice Swan were treated to a surprise party to celebrate their diamond wedding.

The day before, the couple from Woodgreen Road, Harestock, Winchester, were whisked off to the nearby March Hare pub.

Fellow residents had organised the party with the couple's daughter Valerie.

"We had no idea what was going on until the car turned up," said James.

The couple met in 1942 at the Pirbright army base, near Woking, where James was serving in the Coldstream Guards and Alice was with the ATS. They were married in St Matthew's Church, Fulham.

In 1959, they settled in Edgar Road. James became a butler at Winchester College and worked there for 16 years, while Alice brought up their two children Derek and Valerie. She later became a cook at The Grange in St Cross.

Now the pair, both aged 86, have six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and enjoy getting out and about in Winchester.

The main attraction at the party was the cake, made in the shape of two cuddling teddies with a Coldstream Guard decoration on top.