Monday, September 01, 2014

Eighty years of 'wonderful' marriage

Do you like good news? Here's some good news.

Maurice and Helen Kaye are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary. He's 102, and she's 101. They live independently in their flat in Bournemouth.

They met in 1929, when he was 17 and she was 16. Helen worked in her father's women's wear shop in London. Maurice was a travelling salesman. On the day they met, Maurice stayed in the shop for three hours. Eventually, Helen's mother asked her "Who's going to throw him out, you or me?"

They courted for four years before they married, because Helen's mother wanted Helen's older sister to be married first. Her mother didn't think Helen's marriage would last.

"I suppose what I fell in love with was the fact that he had a car," says Helen. "Not many young men did in those days." Maurice was persuaded by his children to give up driving when he was 100, and he's not sure if he's quite forgiven them. 

He says the secret of a happy marriage is always agreeing with his wife. "You mustn't be hard on each other," she says. "If you have to give in a little bit, you give in a little bit.

"It's been a wonderful marriage. It works because we have the same sense of humour. We laugh at the same things."

They have two children and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. You can see a video of the happy couple here.

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