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British couple become world’s oldest newlyweds

George Kirby and Doreen Luckie are finally set to tie the knot after being together for over 27 years

George Kirby and Doreen Luckie tied the knot after being together for over 27 years PHOTO: independent.co.uk

A 103-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman held their wedding in Britain on Saturday, becoming the oldest couple to get married in the world.

George Kirby and Doreen Luckie — together for 27 years — looked delighted as they tied the knot at a hotel in the seaside town of Eastbourne, southern England, before close friends and family.

The bride wore a white dress with blue flowers while the groom, a former boxer, was dressed smartly in a suit and tie, and was in a wheelchair following a recent fall.

With a combined age of 194 years, the pair beat the previous record held by a French couple, Francois Fernandez and Madeleine Francineau, who had a combined age of 191 years.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Luckie said the couple had “no regrets” about not doing it earlier. “We didn’t want to bother about marriage before but eventually we did it,” she said.

The couple reportedly have seven children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren between them.

They got engaged on Valentine’s Day this year, according to the Daily Mail.

“I didn’t get down on one knee, because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up,” the newspaper quoted Kirby as saying.

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1 Comment
  • Gareth Milford-Scott

    I work in the hotel they live in. They are both wonderful people. George especially has a great sense of humour, and Doreen is a lovely lady. I wish them both well for the future.

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