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Two of the world's oldest newlyweds tie the knot in West Midlands

Two of the world's oldest newlyweds tie the knot in West Midlands


Written by Katie Byrne


Bill and Flo have a combined age of 186, and have married after knowing each other for over 20 years

A couple with a combined age of 186 years have tied the knot in the West Midlands - making them one of the world's oldest pairs of newlyweds.

Bill Griffiths, 90, and Flo Marshallsay, 96, got engaged when Bill popped the question last night whilst the pair drank tea together.

The pair were wed on Saturday in Smethwick, tying the knot in front of more than 50 friends and relatives.

The newlyweds then headed to their wedding reception - where they ended the night by nodding off on a sofa together.

Bride Flo was given away by her grandson, and wore a beautiful wedding dress from John Lewis.

Speaking about their wedding, Flo said: "It's nice, it's really quite something. The reverend was mentioning all these countries and I didn'tknow what we was on about. Then I worked out they have all been saying we're the oldest people to get married. The church was full, it was amazing. It's been absolutely wonderful. I couldn't believe how many people turned up".

She continued: "I guess it's a bit odd for two old biddies like us to get married. Bill's a really loving and helpuful man. He's still quite handsome too and doesn't have many wrinkles".

The bride concluded: "You're never too old to get married. You're only as old as you feel and I don't feel old. But I suppose I've got to ring the pension people to change my name now".

Reverend Paul Hinton, who led the couple's ceremony, said: "It is not every day that a vicar anywhere has the privilege of marrying two people whose combined ages would make a very good cricket score. And it is certainly not every day that nearly 200 years of wisdom, experience and love are brought together to make these age-old vows".

The emotional service continued: "Both of you have experienced years of love from one another. Both of you have incredible spirit, amazing endurance and fantastic faith. I know how much you do for each other and how you cannot live without each other. I know that this marriage is based on huge sacrifice and dedication. I know that your very presence here together is an inspiration for us".

Imagery: Caters News Agency


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