Published: March 27, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea couple celebrate 80 years of marriage!

A Burnham-On-Sea couple who are both aged 100 celebrated another major milestone on Friday (March 27th) when they reached their 80th wedding anniversary.

Great-great-grandfather Walter Postings, known as Wally, and wife Beatrice, known as Pete, are understood to have Britain's second-longest marriage. reported last October how Wally had celebrated his 100th birthday, two months after his wife reached the same milestone.

The devoted pair, who are often seen holding hands at Tudor Lodge residential home in the town, were joined by family members for a special celebration on Friday (as pictured above).

When asked the secret of such a long and happy marriage, Wally told "It's all about give and take" and Pete added: "I just love him and that's it."

Tudor Lodge manager Chris Arnold said: "Wally and Pete are a pleasure to have at Tudor Lodge. Wally enjoys regular walks around the garden to keep active and the pair have very sharp minds. They can often be found holding hands in the lounge, which is lovely to see and testament to how close they are after 80 years of marriage."

Mr and Mrs Postings have lived through two world wars, five monarchs and 19 prime ministers.

They met at a party in Williton, Somerset when they were about 18. They married within a couple of years in a registry office in Gloucester on March 27th 1929.

They later moved to Cheltenham where Wally worked for Rotol Air Screws at the start of the war before being relocated to Worcester in 1941. In 1951 they took over Culverwells Antiques in Victoria Street in Burnham from Pete's father, who had established the business 1921.

Wally and Pete retired in 1975 and enjoyed many happy years together in their bungalow in Burnham.

Wally and Pete had 3 children and also have four grandchildren, eight Great Grandchildren and two Great-Great Grandchildren!


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