A well known farming couple have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Roy and Myrtle Taylor, of Beaconsfield Farm, Braddan, received a card from the Queen to mark the milestone anniversary.

They were married on October 31, 1959, at Ballaugh Church.

Myrtle was the youngest of six children of John and Annie Brew, who farmed at Ballacurn Keeil in Ballaugh.

Meanwhile, Roy’s parents were hoteliers on Blackpool seafront.

The timing of the wedding was significant because the end of October was the first weekend they could get away after the end of the season.

When first married, they rented and farmed for several years at Ballaleigh.

They then worked for a year at the Clypse before buying Court Farm in Santon in 1964.

At Court Farm they had a milk round till the early seventies, before focussing on beef, importing and breeding top quality South Devon cattle.

They also brought Chianina and Romagnola cattle into the British Isles.

They won many awards with the South Devons and exported them to the USA.

Press articles from 1971 carry reports and pictures of Roy and his family with Court Jester, one of their South Devon bulls, and two of their heifers about to set off on a journey to Texas, the first Manx-bred South Devons to be sold to the USA.

In the same year Court Jester’s half-brother, Court Monarch, broke the UK record for the best 400-day weight for a bull on test.

He tipped the scales at 1,565lbs, which was some 30lbs higher than any other South Devon bull in the UK.

A final move in 1980 took the Taylors to Beaconsfield Farm.

Following this move, they were amongst the first to establish the now popular breed of Texel sheep on the island.

And they enjoyed success with the Texels, winning many prizes both locally and at UK sales.

Roy and Myrtle have three sons, Graham, Paul and Nigel, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.