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Britain's longest married couple by Spursfan on 2 September 2009 4:16pm
This is a heart-warming, if sad, story from today's paper.

"One half of the longest married couple in Britain has died after 81 years of wedded bliss.
Frank Milford, 101, held the hand of his wife Anita, also 101, as he passed away at the residential home where they lived.
The devoted pair met at a YMCA dance in Plymouth in 1926.
They said the secret to their long marriage was 'give and take' and making up after rows with a kiss and a cuddle.
Mr Milford's 76-year-old son, also called Frank, said: 'She's very upset obviously, but she was sitting holding his hand when he passed away.
'For the past three weeks or so he hasn't been eating or drinking and I think we all realised he was ready to die. He knew it was his time and I think he simply died of old age.'
Mr Milford said that despite his frailty his father had remained 'as sharp as a tack' and had not lost his sense of humour.

The couple, who had two children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, spent their entire married life in Plymouth and stayed in the city throughout the Second World War.
Guinness World Records says the longest British marriage was that of Thomas and Elizabeth Morgan, of Caerleon, South Wales, who were married for 81 years 260 days until her death in 1891.
Next February Mr and Mrs Milford would have claimed a world record as Britain's oldest married couple.
They married on May 26, 1928 at Torpoint Register Office in Cornwall - the year the first £1 note came into circulation and Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.

After the ceremony, they saw a Charlie Chaplin film at the cinema.
They survived two German bombs in the Blitz in Plymouth during the Second World War - one of them fell on their house.
The overall record of Britain's longest ever marriage is 81 years and 260 days, set by Thomas and Elizabeth Morgan of Caerleon, Wales.
They wed on May 4, 1809 and remained married for 81 years 260 days until Elizabeth's death on January 19, 1891.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world's longest recorded marriage was for a couple who were wed for 86 years.
Cousins Sir Temulji Bhicaji Narima and Lady Narima, who lived in India, were married from 1853 to 1940.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210526/Husband-Britains-longest-marriage-dies-101.html#ixzz0PxjEGCNF

I have to admit to getting a tear in my eye when I read this in the paper.

Mr Spursfan and I have a long way to go - we will 'only' have been wed 38 years in December.

Re: Britain's longest married couple by tucsonmike on 2 September 2009 7:06pm
Yes, I have a ways to go as well, LOL! Wow!
Re: Britain's longest married couple by mrsteabag on 3 September 2009 1:49am
I read that on the BBC site yesterday.
It did my heart good to see a real life love story like that :).
Re: Britain's longest married couple by Wild in Africa on 3 September 2009 4:31pm
Oh THAT sort of longest! I thought it was going to be an article about if you lay them end to end they would reach from Swansea to Newcastle or somesuch.
Re: Britain's longest married couple by Spursfan on 3 September 2009 4:53pm
HAHAHAHA! Trust you, WIA!!

Re: Britain's longest married couple by kazzzz on 4 September 2009 10:28am
That's such a sad story. It must be amazing two people staying devoted to eachother for that long. It's lovely.
Re: Britain's longest married couple by Spursfan on 4 September 2009 12:39pm
Sadly, I don't expect she will be long after him.

I mean she IS 101, ok - but I mean when a couple have been devoted like that it often happens doesn't it?

I remember my boss, who came from the north of Scotland, rang in one day to say her father had died. Her parents had been childhood sweethearts and had been married an incredibly long time, being in their 80s or 90s. Her mother died either the same day or the next, I can't remember - she just couldn't bear to be without her husband.

Re: Britain's longest married couple by kazzzz on 4 September 2009 12:42pm
Yes that's pretty much how it goes. They've lost their lifeline I guess.
Re: Britain's longest married couple by peripatetically on 4 September 2009 6:26pm
It's sort of sweet in a way. The survivor doesn't have to grieve for long and they have gone home together...

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