A STOURPORT couple who met on the dancefloor have been celebrating 60 happy years of wedded bliss.

Wallace Burton, aged 85, and his 84-year-old wife Betty reached the diamond milestone on August 9 and received a card from The Queen congratulating them on their achievement.

They met at Frank Freeman’s ballroom dancing school in Kidderminster in 1956 and eventually started dating. Romance blossomed and they got married at St Michael’s Church in Stourport in 1958.

The couple, who have two children and a grandchild, worked in the carpet trade. Mr Burton gave 40 years’ service to Carpets of Worth in Stourport while his wife worked at Carpet Trades in Kidderminster before giving that up to raise her family.

As well as a lifelong love of dancing, the couple were also heavily involved in the Scouting movement for more than 20 years.

And, as for the secret of their happy marriage? Mr Burton said: “I’ve always believed in never going to bed on an argument. You should always get everything out in the open.”