A CHIPPING Sodbury couple will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in lockdown following the Government’s latest measures for coronavirus.

Marina and Brian Lugg, from Chipping Sodbury, will spend their anniversary, which is marked by a blue sapphire, at home after their planned celebrations of a weekend away with family have been put on hold due to Covid-19.

The couple met in 1955 as teenagers working in at the Embassy Cinema in Hounds Road.

Marina had lived locally all her life and Brian was originally from Thornbury. The lovestruck teen cycled seven miles every day to see her.

They married on November 5, 1955 at St John’s Church in Old Sodbury, followed by a reception for 60 guests at the Portcullis Hotel.

The couple have four children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, with the pending arrival of two more.

Brian is now retired, having spent his career as a firefighter for British Aerospace.

Daughter Amanda Smith said: “Their retirement is kept busy with travel and going to their clubs including bingo at Shireway.

“They also love to babysit their grandchildren and more recently great grandchildren.”

Celebrations were changed so Marina and Brian could enjoy lunch with their four children before the second lockdown.

Amanda added: “We will deliver cream teas and flowers and hopefully they will receive a card from queen. They are both wonderful parents and a true example for their family. The whole family hope they have a wonderful day celebrating and wish them many more happy years to come”