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Pensioners Who Have Spent 80 Together Could Be Britain's Longest Couple

Pensioners Who Have Spent 80 Together Could Be Britain's Longest Couple

A couple who are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary haven't spent a night apart since World War 2 and they've just moved into the same care home together.

Joan and Jack Bare married on 3 August 1939, and marked their 80th year as man and wife last week.

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Having moved into a care home in Codsall, Staffordshire, the pair refused to separate, making sure they were placed in the same shared apartment.

The pair decided they didn't want to live alone and moved in to a shared apartment together. Credit: Caters
The pair decided they didn't want to live alone and moved in to a shared apartment together. Credit: Caters

Sadly, Jack and Joan, 102 and 100, both suffered a fall a few weeks before their anniversary and decided it was time to move into a care home.

Although never spending any time alone in the last 80 years might sound like a nightmare for some (me included), the couple say that it's the reason that their marriage has stood the test of time.

Their daughter, Gill Skelton, 75, explained: "Mum and dad never spent a single night apart after the war.

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"They got married just a month before war broke out and dad was initially posted to Portsmouth.

"Mum was so worried about him that I don't think they ever wanted to be apart after that.

"Even earlier this year when they both had a fall, they only agreed that they would go into a home where they could be together, they won't be parted."

Jack served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and was posted in the south of England and Italy during the war.

The pair on their wedding day in 1939. Credit: Caters
The pair on their wedding day in 1939. Credit: Caters

Gill, who has herself been married to her husband Tony, 76, for 52 years, said: "They met at a cycling club, while mum was going out with someone else but she met dad and that was it.

"They both did cycling for years and swimming as well.

"Mum was very worried when he got sent to Portsmouth because because there were a lot of bombs dropping.

"I think she just wanted him to be back at home with her, so when he came home, they didn't let each other go.

"They both had a fall earlier this year so social services decided they couldn't live alone any longer.

"They insisted they would stay together."

Credit: Caters News
Credit: Caters News

When it comes to the secret of their marriage, they say that they did argue but always tried to work through their differences.

Joan said: "I don't feel like it's been a long time. Sometimes I wonder where the time has gone but then I look at my great-grandchildren and I realise.

"My advice is to talk about things and don't go to sleep angry.

"I don't believe couple who say they've never had a cross word, but we always talk about our problems and solve them before the end of the day."

Jack said: "It was a wonderful experience, a lovely happy marriage.

"We are very lucky to have found each other."

Well if that doesn't warm your stone-cold heart, nothing will.

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Topics: uk news

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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