Senior Couple Mark Longest Marriage Ever
Tuesday 21st of February 2017
No 80-Year Itch: Love Is - Being Married for Record 80 Years.
Couple Celebrate 80th Anniversary of World's Longest Marriage.
Percy and Florence Arrowsmith, who celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary
Wednesday, say the secrets of the world's longest marriage are don't sleep on an
argument, always share a kiss and hold hands before going to bed.
Percy Arrowsmith, 105, and his 100-year-old wife were married on June 1, 1925.
They met at their church in Hereford in western England, where he sang in the
choir and she was a Sunday school teacher.
Florence Arrowsmith revealed the secret to wedded bliss as never letting
Or, as 105-year-old Percy Arrowsmith put it more succinctly, the regular use of
two words: "Yes, dear".
Queen Elizabeth II sent her congratulations to the Arrowsmiths, who celebrated
their anniversary at home with coffee and snacks and with family and friends.
"What a splendid achievement. I send you my warm congratulations and best wishes
for your 80th wedding anniversary," the Queen's card said.
The Arrowsmiths, who have three children, six grandchildren and nine great
grandchildren, claim the key to their long marriage is not to go to sleep on an
argument. They say they always kiss each other and hold hands each night before
going to bed.
"He can't settle down if I'm not holding his hand," Florence Arrowsmith was
quoted as saying last month.
The couple's daughter Jane Woolley said her parents were both "very perky."
"She says she can't dance any longer but it feels good to have been married for
80 years," Woolley said. "She says she can still have a drink."
Guinness World Records said the pair held records for the longest marriage for a
living couple and the oldest aggregate age of a married couple.
The couple's foster daughter, Jane Woolley, said they had received more than 80
cards as well as gifts.
Mrs. Woolley, who calls Mrs. Arrowsmith "Nannie," described the pair as "very
"Nannie's still reading cards and drinking sherry which she says is a bit
naughty because it's earlier than she should do," Mrs. Woolley said.
"She normally has one before lunch but she started half an hour early today. She
says she can't dance any longer but it feels good to have been married for 80
years. She says she can still have a drink."