Brit couple’s secret to 81st wedding anniversary

Posted: May 27, 2009 in social issues
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My parents celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on Monday and we wonder how they have come such a long way together. Today, I saw a report where a British couple celebrated 81st wedding year!

Frank (101) and Anita Milford (100) celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary yesterday. Wonder what’s keeps their marriage alive? The answer is pretty ‘mundane’, regular rows!

Frank and Anita Milford

Frank and Anita Milford

The couple, who married in 1928, met at a YMCA dance in Plymouth, where they still live.

Frank And Anita Milford on their wedding in 1928

Frank And Anita Milford on their wedding in 1928

“Not big rows, just the odd cross word. As far as I’m concerned, it’s healthy,” Anita said.

However, as well as a little argument, “a little romance” is also essential. “It’s our golden rule,” Mrs Milford said.
“Couples these days don’t last long because they often don’t take enough time for each other. There isn’t enough respect — love is about give and take. Our advice to young couples would be to make time for a little romance every day,” she added.

Frank, a retired dockyard worker, said: “To win over your sweetheart you need a dose of old-fashioned chivalry and don’t let your standards slip.”

Their son, Frank Jnr, 74, said: “They spend most of their time together, with Dad almost completely deaf and blind, so it’s difficult for him. Mum is a chatterbox and nothing has changed there.”

The Milfords are now just eight months away from beating the record for Britain’s longest-ever marriage. It was set by Thomas and Elizabeth Morgan of Wales who were together for 81 years, 260 days, until Elizabeth died on January 19, 1891.


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