What is the secret to a long and happy marriage? We asked this Barnstaple couple celebrating 60 years since their wedding day.

Give and take, and staying strong through the difficult times are the secret to a long and happy marriage, according to one diamond couple.

Brian and Amy Judge, from Sticklepath, Barnstaple, celebrated 60 years of marriage on Thursday.

The couple, originally from North West London, met in 1953 at Wembley Ice Rink.

Amy, 79, was 16 when she met Brian, now 82.

In 1955 Brian, who had just finished an apprenticeship as a tool-maker, entered the Royal Air Force on National Service, and the couple wrote to each other every day.

“We kept all those letters for a long time, and I still have the very first letter Brian wrote to me,” said Amy.

The couple married on December 29, 1956.

Brian said: “I came out of the Air Force on December 10, 1957; the day our first son, Andrew, was born.”

The couple went on to have another son, Mark, in 1961, and now have two grandchildren as well as two great-grandchildren.

They moved to North Devon 16 years ago and are members of the Whiddon Valley Evangelical Church.

Brian said: “I think the key to a long and happy marriage is give and take.

“People think to be married for a long time, it must be easy; it’s a bed of roses.

“But it’s not; you have difficult times, but in general it’s give and take and trying to be compassionate.”

The couple received a card from The Queen to celebrate their diamond anniversary.

They are looking forward to celebrating with their family in the summer months when the weather has warmed up a little.