"GIVE and take" is the secret of the Hampshire couple who Thursday celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Rosemary and Cecil White, from Chandler's Ford, met in Winchester back in 1950 when Cecil, moved from Portsmouth after the end of the Second World War.

They ended up living only few doors away from each other and started dating in 1953.

Rosemary, 79, who used to work as a nurse, said: "Our first date was at my mother's garden gate. I wasn't allowed to go out. She was very protective and she didn't want me to go out with Cecil."

It was in Rosemary's garden that Cecil, 80, former plumber, proposed.

The couple got engaged in 1955 and married in Christ Church in Winchester in 1958.

"When I woke up that day the snow was lying on the ground. We went to the church and then we had a party with 105 guests", Rosemary said.

The couple honeymooned in Weymouth.

They have now two sons, two grandsons and two great granddaughter.

"Whatever we do, we do it together", Rosemary said.

And added: "He is my best friend, my companion and and he'll always be. I love him and I wouldn't change him for the world."

Rosemary said that they love going out for launch when they can.

She said the secret of staying together for so long and love each other is to give and take.

"You have to give and take and if you have an argument you just have to say sorry and make up. We argue, every couple do, but it's making up afterwards that is important", Rosemary said.

The couple will be spending a day with their family to celebrate their anniversary.