A TRIMPLEY couple are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary today.

Valerie and Benjamin Corfield tied the knot at Knowbury Church in Shropshire in 1954 and will mark 60 years of marriage with friends and family at a party in their local village hall.

The duo, who have four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, moved to Wyre Forest 57 years ago when Mr Corfield got a job at Holbeache Farm in Trimpley.

Mrs Corfield said: “We have had a good life and I would not change it one bit.

"My husband is a very kind, wonderful person and he is a real family man, who loves all the grandchildren and his two great-grandchildren.”

She added the key to their long relationship was never going to bed on an argument and being sensible with their money.

Mr Corfield, who met his wife at a dance in 1953, said: “Our marriage has been very happy and we have always done lots of things together. We are very lucky to have our family nearby too.”

The couple will receive a congratulatory message from the Queen to mark their anniversary.

Mrs Corfield, who won the voluntary award at the Worcestershire Women of the Year event in 2011 in recognition of her efforts for local groups, including Kemp Hospice and Holy Trinity Church in Trimpley, said: “It will be fantastic to receive the card.

“I think the Queen is the most wonderful woman in the world.”

An evening party with food, drink and music from The Stiff Joints, a ska band featuring two of the couple’s grandsons, will mark the special occasion.

Mr and Mrs Corfield have asked for donations towards the charity Cure Leukemia, a cause close to their hearts, rather than presents.

Their son Duncan was diagnosed with leukaemia 11 years ago but made a full recovery after his sister Benita donated stem cells for a transplant.