CHRISTMAS time is usually spent with family and friends, sharing drinks and opening gifts.

But a couple has a lot more to celebrate this year as they have just marked their 60th wedding anniversary.

John and Ann Aveson married at St Boniface Church, Shirley, on December 20, 1958.

Their granddaughter Hannah Canning said: “They are both very inspiring. It’s a big achievement to be together 60 years and be still in love as they are. They are always there when we need them.”

The couple, who used to live in Romsey and now lives in Old Calmore, have three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Hannah said the couple celebrated their 60th anniversary with family and friends, with some of them travelling from America to personally wish the couple well.