A Chesham couple will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Brian and Yvonne Cashen, of Little Hivings, say perseverance has been the secret of their long marriage.

They met while working at the Goodmans factory in Wembley, but Brian, now 70, was initially too shy to approach Yvonne.

He said: "I used to talk to her, and her boss, who was called Bob Noel, asked me, 'Why don't you ask her for a date?' But I was too shy, so Bob asked her for me."

Yvonne, now 69, said: "I said no at first because I had a boyfriend at the time, but Bob was Brian's champion and kept asking me, so in the end I said 'all right then'."

The couple's first date was on May 5, 1955 at the Sudbury Town Odeon, and they were married three years later at St John's Church in Wembley.

They moved to Chesham in 1963 and two children soon followed, Tony, now 42, and Lynne, 40.

They now have three grandchildren. But spending 50 happy years together has also required compromise and patience.

Yvonne said: "I think you need to be interested in similar things. My husband was a sportsman, so I had to become someone who went to watch cricket matches and football, which I hadn't done before. I had to get to like what Brian liked, and vice versa."

Brian, who kept goal for Aylesbury United, said: "Yvonne was keen on ballroom dancing so I ended up taking lessons.

"She also had a great interest in gardening, and converted me to that as well.

"I think it's all about give and take, and sticking with it through the rough and the smooth."

Yvonne agreed: "You need perseverance. You cannot have things all your own way, you have got to give in sometimes otherwise you would be forever having rows."

To celebrate the occasion, the couple will be joined by family and friends for a dinner at a restaurant in Amersham on Saturday.