A couple who met on a Young Liberals outing to Torquay and Paignton celebrated their diamond wedding in Pelynt on Saturday, surrounded by family and friends.

Eighty one year old Leslie Stevens and his wife May (79), who live in Richmond Road, Pelynt, were married at Pelynt Methodist Church on March 25, 1940 after a three year courtship. They have a daughter, Rosemary Singleton, three grandsons, David, Mark and Paul, and they are great grandparents to Ian (12), Michael (10), Anthony (7) and one year old Kevin.

Leslie was born at Newton Farm, Talland, where the couple lived for seven years following their honeymoon in Bournemouth. They then moved to Dartington where Leslie worked at the Hall's cattle breeding centre for 35 years as an artificial inseminator.

After retirement in 1986, they moved to Pelynt and Leslie has been well known for 25 years as a special constable in Looe and district.

May was born in Polperro but lived in Pelynt from the age of two, only moving from the village after her marriage.

Pictured above - Leslie and May Stevens with grandsons David, Paul and Mark Stevens, daughter Rosemary Singleton, Rev Margaret Oxenham (Methodist minister), and Joan Northcott, May's sister and bridesmaid.