A COUPLE from Ilminster have notched up 50 years of marriage.

Anne and Matthew Atkinson, of Adams Meadow, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last week.

The couple met at a dance hall in their hometown of Ilford in Essex and married in St Andrews Church in Hornchurch before they moved to Ilminster.

Anne, 71, and Matthew, 76, are best known for running Matthew's Shoe Repairs shop in East Street, Ilminster for 24 years.

They have one son and a daughter along with three grandchildren and Matthew said they love it in Ilminster, describing the people in the town as very kind.