Many Congratulations to Eric & Nancy Kingston on their 80th wedding anniversary, making them one of the UK’s longest married couples.
When Eric and Nancy Kingston first met in 1938, King George VI was on the throne as well as tough times across Europe and at home. Despite all the challenges the couple were married on 1 June 1940.
They have lived in Somerset for much of their lives and have five children, 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs Kingston said: “We’re still holding hands and I had a kiss this morning in bed. We still love one another.”
Due to social distancing during the Corona viris pandemic, they were unable to receive visitors in their home, however relatives and friends joined them in their garden to help celebrate.
Mrs Kingston, who will be 100 in October, said she asked her brother to arrange their meeting in 1938.
“He went out to the farm [where Eric was working] and he told him I was waiting on the bridge.
“That was it, it went from there.”
Their son Stephen Kingston, who lives with them, said his parents were “quite young in their outlook”.
“They keep up to date with all that is going on so they don’t seem as old as they are.
“The kind of people they are has always been a big influence on me and the decisions I’ve made in life.
We wish them many more happy years to come.
We would also like to send our belated best wishes to John and Charlotte Henderson, who met at college in Texas 1934, who have been recognized by Guinness World Records for the longevity of their love celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary and naming the Hendersons the oldest living married couple…
John is 106 and Charlotte is 105.
We wish you all many congratulations if celebrating a long marriage.