THREE days of celebration were held to mark the diamond wedding anniversary of a Widnes couple.

Ken McDermott, 81, and his wife Pat, 80, were thrilled to receive a card from the Queen.

The couple spent their actual anniversary at home in Halton View as relatives and friends called in with gifts and cards.

A family meal for 13 was held at The Church View Inn on Lunts Heath Road with their four children Jan, Glenn, Claire and Philip and grandchildren.

A party for close friends and family took place at their home the following evening.

Daughter Jan Swales said: “Mum and dad were completely overwhelmed with all the love, cards, gifts, flowers and best wishes they received from family and friends near and far.”