A St Helens couple received a special card from the Queen as they celebrated an incredible 65 years of marriage.
Jack and Dorothy Hilton marked their blue sapphire anniversary with family and friends, with the whole occasion made more special by the card from Buckingham Palace which arrived by special delivery.
The couple married at St Nicholas’ Church in Sutton in August 1951, two years after they met.
Jack and Dorothy were brought together by their love of dancing while they were both serving in the Royal Navy and their youngest daughter Alison Armitt said tying the knot was a fairly rapid affair.
She said: “They used to jive away at the local dances. Apparently my father’s mum said to my mum one Tuesday on a shopping trip in Liverpool that Jack wanted to marry her.
“She got them a special licence the next day and they were married on the Saturday at St Nicholas’.”
The couple have been together ever since and now have three children, David, Margaret and Alison, as well as seven granchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
After leaving the armed forces Jack worked down the mines before joining the Triplex works at Eccleston.
Dorothy also started working there once she went back into employment after bringing up the children.
The couple are still members of the Pilkington Pensioners Trust, attending a day centre once a week and going on trips out with the group.