Couple with a combined age of 187, who’ve been ‘living in sin’ for 10 years, have finally decided make things official.
Couple, Bill Griffiths, 91, proposed to Flo Marshallsay, 96, earlier this month at their home in Oldbury, West Midlands, over a cup of tea. Flo said yes and the couple are now getting ready to marry in front of friends and family they have five children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren between them – at St Hilda’s Parish Church on January 16.
‘Bill looked at me and said “Flo, will you marry me?”‘ said Flo, who beat bowel cancer three years ago. ‘I said yes and he gave me a great big kiss. He didn’t go down on one knee but it was still very romantic. She added: ‘I couldn’t believe it when he asked me. It really took me by surprise but then life is full of surprises. ‘But you’re never too old to get married. You’re only as old as you feel and I don’t feel old. Physically I am but mentally I’m as fit as a fiddle. If anybody told me I was too old to walk down the aisle I would tell them they were talking rubbish.’
The couple have known each other for around 20 years. They met at a dance club in 1982, after Flo lost her husband George, but when Bill was still married to his wife Joan. When Joan sadly passed in 1997, Flo would bring food round to Bill’s and cook him his meals.
Flo, who served in the RAF’S Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron during the Second World War, said: ‘I was friends with his wife Joan and I met them at a local sequence dance club. She recalls: I’d say to her “Can I have your husband when you’ve finished with him?” And she’d laugh and say “You can have him now”. ‘Bill’s a really loving and helpful man. He’s still quite handsome too and doesn’t have many wrinkles,’ she adds.
Bill, who was a torpedo operator during the Second World War, said of his wife-to-be: ‘After Joan passed away we’ve always been there for each other. She’s very special to me and I’m a very lucky man.’