A COUPLE who have been married for 70 years were surprised with flowers after they were vaccinated in Romsey at the weekend.

Gus, 93, and Beryl Webb, 89, marked their platinum anniversary on Friday (March 26) after they tied the knot at Romsey Abbey in 1951.

The pair, who live in North Baddesley, first met at Romsey's Crosfield Hall in December 1949 at a dance - just two years before they got married.

After receiving their second Pfizer jab at the hall on Saturday (March 27), Dr Peter Haig presented flowers to the couple to celebrate the milestone marriage.

The bouquet was organised by 70 volunteers at Crosfield Hall.

Beryl said she was surprised to receive the unexpected gift, adding they were even named the "famous couple" when greeted at the venue.

She explained: "We were so surprised by the flowers, everyone was very friendly and when we were ushered into the hall someone said 'here is the famous couple' to the doctor.

"Everybody was saying congratulations to us and after we had the jab this man came up and gave us a bouquet. It was very nice."

When asked if she or Gus had experienced any side effects since Saturday, Beryl said there have been "no problems at all".

She said: "I felt a bit worried, but I never know if that is my age or what."

Beryl added they were showered with flowers and cards on their anniversary.

She said: "We both had a lovely time and every time I sat down in my chair, and looked out of the window, there was someone else coming to the door with a card and we had 24 in total.

"We were also given flowers, because everyone knows I love them."

Beryl stressed family members came to visit them separately throughout the day in order to comply with lockdown guidance.

Eric Hounslow, who coordinates the 70 volunteers, said: "They are a lovely couple and we could not let this unique and very special occasion go unmarked."