LORNA and Dick Miles who met through their work more than 60 years ago are today celebrating their diamond anniversary.

The couple from Stamford Bridge credit their long marriage to their enduring friendship and sharing similar interests.

Originally from Ashington, Northumberland, they married on June 5 1954, having met through work.

“I was a scientist for the Coal Board and Lorna was a typist in an office nearby," said Dick, now 84.

After a honeymoon on the Isle of Man, Dick remained at the Board while Lorna gave up her job when they started a family but later returned to work in a school for children with learning difficulties.

The couple who had two daughters, Joan 58, and Anne, 56, retired in 1987 and became keen golfers, though they now stick to indoor bowls. They also moved to Yorkshire.

“We wanted to be closer to family down here,” said Dick.

The couple who also have four grand daughters, and one great granddaughter, aged two months also toasted Lorna’s 81st birthday yesterday, and said they were looking forward to going out for tea today ahead of a larger family gathering at the weekend.