- Friday, June 16, 2017 11:43 AM
London, 16 June 2017 (MIA) - With flowers tied to her three-wheeled walker, Margaret Husband walked down the aisle to marry her sweetheart.
Yesterday she and husband Bernard Brice became two of the world’s oldest newlyweds, with a combined age of 188.
Bernard, 93, tied the knot with his 95-year-old bride Margaret at St Mary’s Church, Gosforth.
About 50 guests watched on as Margaret, who was a bridesmaid when her new husband married his late wife Dorothy 66 years ago and Bernard made their vows.
The newly-married couple rekindled their friendship six years ago, when Margaret attended Dorothy’s funeral. They kept in touch and love blossomed when Margaret travelled to Cumbria to visit Bernard.
Bernard said: “I never dreamed I’d get married at this age. I never dreamed I’d be this age.
“I wasn’t nervous, I was excited. It was a good service. We’re going to enjoy the reception and then start married life in earnest.”
While Margaret said: “I feel so welcomed into Bernard’s family, we trust each other.”
BBC’s Songs of Praise was present at the service to film the unique occasion for a show set to be aired on Sunday, June 25.
Bernard’s son, Graham, 63, a retired engineer, who worked at Sellafield, was his best man while Margaret, who lived in Banbury, Oxfordshire, before moving to be with Bernard, was given away by her four sons: Brian, Mark, Steve and Rob.
The groom’s daughter, Helen Gadsby, 65, said: “It was lovely, a really nice service. I never expected to see my dad get married – he’s 93.”
Margaret entered the church with posies and ribbons tied to the handlebars of her three-wheeled walker.
Her granddaughters Holly and Megan Husband were her bridesmaids, with Eileen McDonald acting as her maid of honour.
Rob Husband, her youngest son, who walked his mother down the aisle, said: “I certainly didn’t expect to give her away. She’s been living with me for nine years and there was a list of reasons why we thought she might leave, but this wasn’t on it. I thought I would get too emotional walking down the aisle.
“We brought mum up for Bernard’s late wife’s funeral and he collared me afterwards to say he’d always had a soft spot for mum. It’s great to see them together.”
During the service, her son Brian sang Make Me a Channel of Your Peace while Reverend John Riley, who led the service, called the couple “remarkable”, adding they are “two lovely, devoted, committed people”.
A wedding reception was held at Whitehaven Golf Club after the service and now the couple will settle into married life in Bernard’s sheltered home.
Bernard moved to Cumbria from the Midlands with his family in 1965, and took up employment at Pelham House School at Calderbridge, Seascale, where he worked for 30 years. sk/11:41
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