Couple Celebrate 75 Years Of Marriage By Renewing Their Vows

Let's ease ourselves back into the working week with the lovely story of an elderly couple returning to church to renew their wedding vows after 75 years of marriage.

Jim Richardson, 95, and wife Irene, 94, decided to mark their diamond wedding anniversary by saying 'I do' all over again.

Jim Richardson was 20 when he married 19-year-old Irene. Credit: SWNS
Jim Richardson was 20 when he married 19-year-old Irene. Credit: SWNS

The retired farmers met at a village dance when Jim was 20 and Irene was 19. Jim proposed to Irene as they cycled together in the woods - popping off his bike to get down on one knee. They got married on 12 April 1944 and went on to have four children, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Although enjoying a long and happy marriage, Jim has always regretted that he didn't thank his late mother in his original groom's speech and says he wanted the couple to walk out to the wedding march. So, granddaughter Sandra Taylor planned a celebration to mark their 75th anniversary.

During their service the couple sat and stood in the exact same position they did first time around and was even conducted at 2pm - the exact same time as their original ceremony. How lovely is that?

Sandra said: "It went amazingly. We got photographs of them leaving the front door.

"They were very excited about it. The blessing was just lovely."

Family and friends of the couple gathered at St Michael's CE church in Lancashire for the service.

Sandra, 52, says her grandparents renewing their vows meant that Jim's could thank his late mother.

She said: "I asked to put in the prayers to thank his mum for everything she did for him while she was alive."

Meanwhile Irene picked a belter of a hymn - All Things Bright and Beautiful - to be sung at the blessing service.

The couple, who used to work as farmers, have four children. Credit: SWNS
The couple, who used to work as farmers, have four children. Credit: SWNS

Afterwards, the couple returned home to toast their ceremony with champagne. These guys are amazing.

Speaking after the ceremony Jim said he felt 'six feet tall', adding: "I would do it all again. I'm proud of every member of my family."

While his delighted wife said: "You can always go to one another with your troubles. It has been a lovely life." Is someone chopping onions?

Sandra reckons the secret to her grandparents' long and happy marriage is 'compromise'.

"They love each other very much and they do talk about things," she said. "I think it's routine - they know what they are going to be doing.

They renewed their vows on their 75th wedding anniversary, while family and friends looked on. Credit: SWNS
They renewed their vows on their 75th wedding anniversary, while family and friends looked on. Credit: SWNS

"Certainly that's to do with their longevity.

"They said that there is no secret to a happy, long marriage, just take each day as it comes."

She also said the pair are still very independent, with Jim still driving and both loving to do a bit of gardening.

Congratulations, Jim and Irene!

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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