Family planned a Royal surprise for Peter and Brenda

Peter and Brenda Hardyman celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary and inset, the couple's wedding day on March 8, 1952
Peter and Brenda Hardyman celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary and inset, the couple's wedding day on March 8, 1952

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Peter and Brenda Hardyman had a lovely surprise on their diamond wedding anniversary as they received a card of congratulations from the Queen.

Their son, Keith Hardyman, wanted to surprise them and sent off their original wedding certificate to prove they have been married 60 years.

Peter and Brenda Hardyman on their wedding day on March 8, 1952

Peter and Brenda Hardyman on their wedding day on March 8, 1952

The couple and their family had a big party at The Churchillian Pub on Portsdown Hill to celebrate and Peter and Brenda also went out for a meal together on the day of their anniversary.

Peter and Brenda, who are both 81 and live in Copnor, met when they were teenagers living in the North End and Buckland areas of Portsmouth.

Peter says: ‘She was watching me while I was playing football!’

They were married on March 8, 1952, and spent a night in London for their honeymoon.

‘It was very nice,’ adds Peter.

‘But the first night of our honeymoon I developed mumps.

‘I went to the nearest hospital and they kept me in, so Brenda had to go home on her own on the Sunday.

‘But we went on a second honeymoon to the Isle of Wight a little while after.’

Peter joined the Royal Navy at 16 and stayed until 1975 when he began working for weapons establishment ASWE on the top of Portsdown Hill.

During his time in the navy he was aboard HMS Vanguard when it ran aground at Old Portsmouth in 1960 and dropped the anchor to stop it ploughing into the Still and West pub.

Peter says: ‘I let the anchor go to stop her hitting the pub itself.

‘My wife and two children were waving at me from there!’

Brenda was a shop assistant but after they were married spent her time looking after the children.

The couple have Keith, 58, and 54-year-old Ann.

They have four grandchildren – Neil, 32, Tanya, 30, Karen, 27, and Jenny, 30.

Peter and Brenda also have two great-grandchildren, Louis, two, and 10-month-old Rachel.