Couple still going strong after 77 years of marriage

Reginald and Louisa Holdstock at Bethune Court Care Home.'Celebrating their 77th wedding anniversary
Reginald and Louisa Holdstock at Bethune Court Care Home.'Celebrating their 77th wedding anniversary

ONE of the UK’s oldest living married couples is soon to celebrate 77 years of matrimony.

Reginald and Louisa Holdstock will mark the date, on November 27, with relatives and friends.

Reginald, who recently turned 100, and Louisa, 97, will cut their celebratory cake at a party held in their honour at Bethune Court, in St Leonards, where they have lived for eight years.

The two met in Di Marco’s Cafe, in Wellington Place in 1935, and were married in the same year at Emmanuel Church, in St Leonards.

They have lived in the area ever since.

Mrs Holdstock said: “We have been through some difficult times in the past, but standing by each other in the good and the bad is what has kept us going strong.”

During the Second World War Reginald worked in communications at Biggin Hill, until it was bombed, then at the Naval Centre in Dover.

He retired from the Post Office in 1972, where he received an Imperial Service Medal for his service.

Mrs Holdstock had various caring and cleaning jobs over the years. The couple have two sons and one granddaughter.

Bethune Court manager Rhona Emmerich said: “Mr and Mrs Holdstock are such a lovely couple, and are still so loving and affectionate towards each other.”