WHO said nothing comes from a blind date? A couple who met on one are celebrating 50 years of marriage.

Dorothy and Bernard Linacre were put together by friends - but it wasn't all plain sailing. Dorothy, 70, said she wasn't bowled over by her future husband when they met for the first time.

"I didn't really think much to him at first," she said.

"I thought he's okay to talk to but I don't think I would go out with him."

But Bernard, 72, said for him it was love at first sight. He persevered after being stood up on a later date and last Saturday saw the Royston pair celebrating half a century together.

They left for Mauritius on Wednesday to enjoy the sunshine and mark the big day.

Bernard said the secret to their happy marriage was letting each other do their own thing, while always coming together for meals.

"We haven't got time to fall out," he said.