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Are these Britain’s oldest newlyweds? Loved-up couple with a combined age of 186 tie the knot

Are these Britain’s oldest newlyweds? This loved-up couple have finally tied the knot – and they have a combined age of 186.

Florence and an emotional Bill make their way down the aisle

Florence and an emotional Bill make their way down the aisle

Bill Griffiths and Flo Marshallsay, from Oldbury, West Mids, proved it’s never too late to live happily ever after when they wed surrounded by family and friends.

The lovebirds, who have five children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren between them, have known each other for almost 20 years and lived together for a decade before Bill finally popped the question.

The wedding of ninety one year old Bill Griffiths and ninety six year old Florence Marshallsay

The wedding of ninety one year old Bill Griffiths and ninety six year old Florence Marshallsay

The pair exchanged vows at St Hilda’s Church in Oldbury, led by family friend Rev Paul Hinton, before going out for a meal with family and friends.

Flo said: “It’s really quite something.

“The church was full, it was amazing. The day was absolutely wonderful.

The wedding of ninety one year old Bill Griffiths and ninety six year old Florence Marshallsay

The wedding of ninety one year old Bill Griffiths and ninety six year old Florence Marshallsay

“Everyone thinks we’re probably the oldest people to get married.”

Bill, 90, met Flo, 96, at a sequence dance club he used to go to with his late wife Joan, but it took a while for romance to blossom.

Flo used to bring Bill meals after his wife died in 1997 – and after a dance group holiday to Margate the pair soon became inseparable, speaking on the phone daily before eventually moving in together.

Flo, a former pub landlady, said: “When we first met I was friends with Bill and Joan, and Bill would come over and ask me for the occasional dance.

Florence Marshallsay

Florence Marshallsay

“I used to say to Joan, ‘can I have your husband when you’re finished with him?’

“It was only a little joke, but little did I realise it would end up coming true!”

The emotional occasion saw proud groom Bill shed a tear as he watched his bride walk down the aisle, escorted by her grandson Mark.

Speaking at the ceremony, Rev Hinton said: “It’s not every day that a vicar anywhere has the privilege of marrying two people whose combined ages would make a very good cricket score.”

Guests at the wedding

Guests at the wedding

Bill’s son Peter said: “The whole day has been amazing and a really lovely reunion for the families.

“I’m absolutely over the moon for them.

“It proves it’s never too late to live happily ever after.”

Florence

Florence

The couple are now planning a trip away to St Ives later in the year for their honeymoon.

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