A WELLINGTON couple are celebrating after reaching 60 years of marriage after being told 'it wouldn't last'.

Frank Baker, 82, who lives at Camelot House and Lodge, and his wife Patricia,79, saw in their diamond wedding anniversary at a celebration at the home.

The pair were wed on May Day in 1958 after meeting the year before at RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland where they were both serving in the Royal Air Force.

But it wasn't predicted to go so well, as Frank's mother told them the partnership 'wouldn't last long'.

However, it appears she was wrong as now they have four children together, nine grandchildren, and have recently welcomed a great granddaughter named Elisabeth who was born on May 6.

Patricia, 79, said "All our anniversaries have been very memorable, but the first one stuck out particularly as my mother in-law said we wouldn't last long because Frank is so stubborn.

“I’m delighted to say she couldn’t have been more wrong.”

Sam Paddon, manager of the home, said: “It was such a privilege to be able to celebrate Frank and Patricia’s diamond wedding with them.

“Sixty years of marriage is a real achievement, and we made sure everyone knew about it with banners and bunting all over the residents’ lounge.

“Their daughter Jacquie made a wonderful cake for them, and we served them both a special lunch and sang Cliff Richards’ ‘Congratulations’ over the cake and glasses of bubbly.”

Patricia is a welcome and familiar visitor to Camelot Lodge, a dementia-specialist home, where she visits Frank most days.

She said she really appreciated the staff team’s help in making their big day so special.