A LLANFYLLIN couple received a special delivery as they celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary courtesy of the Queen and their own granddaughter.

Len and Edna Bowden marked 60 years of marriage on Thursday, October 28 with a telegram from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was hand delivered by Molly Jones, their granddaughter.

It was one of Molly's last acts at the Post Office before she departs for a new life in Canada and Annie Bowden, Len and Edna's daughter, admitted it was a very special day.

She said: "They met in London and got married in Hendon on October 28 in 1961 and settled in to married life in Northamptonshire.

"My sister Angie and I were born there and then we moved to Leicestershire in the early 70s.

"Dad retired at 55 and in 2000 they moved to their beloved Wales and settled in Llanfyllin to be nearer Angie and their only granddaughter Molly.

"Molly has worked for the post office for the nearly three years and her last but one day, before new adventures begin in Canada, saw her deliver a telegram from the Queen for their Diamond Wedding anniversary.

"Family and friends celebrated at the Plas Yn Dinas pub in Llanfechain and instead of gifts, money was raised for the Wales Air Ambulance.

"Our parents have been fantastic, supportive when we needed it and much loved.

"We have a very close and special bond and they mean the world to us."

Annie added that Len and Edna's advice to younger couples was to share responsibilities, be kind to each other and appreciate each other.

She added: "The secret of their longevity is family, friends and to always live life to the full."