Oldest newlyweds enjoyed a cuppa after Sussex nuptials

George and Doreen Kirby on their wedding day. Picture by  Paul James SUS-150615-133529001
George and Doreen Kirby on their wedding day. Picture by Paul James SUS-150615-133529001

A Sussex couple who became the world’s oldest newly-weds ‘consummated’ their marriage - with tea and biscuits.

George Kirby and Doreen Luckie from Eastbourne, signed their way into the record books thanks to their combined age - of almost 195.

Cutting the cake. ' Picture by Paul James SUS-150615-133518001

Cutting the cake. ' Picture by Paul James SUS-150615-133518001

Devoted George, who turned 103 on his big day on Saturday, said he had a “lovely day” finally getting hitched to partner of 27 years Doreen, 92.

But when the pair retired to their special hotel suite on the wedding night George hung a “do not disturb” sign on the door - before they tucked into tea and biscuits.

Retired RAF-veteran George said, “We had a lovely day, and it was great seeing everybody.

“We were quite tired when we finally made it to our room, so I put the do not disturb sign on the door and ordered up some tea and biscuits.

The newlyweds surrounded by friends and family. Picture by Paul James SUS-150615-133506001

The newlyweds surrounded by friends and family. Picture by Paul James SUS-150615-133506001

“I’d had quite enough excitement.”

They wed in front of around 50 delighted guests and a representative from Guinness with a combined age of a record-breaking 194 years and 281 days.

Doreen said, “It was such a lovely surprise when he proposed, and the wedding day went off without a hitch. It was such a great day.

“I was very glad for my bed when it was all over, though.”

Between them the pair have had seven children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The pair live together at the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne, which is run by George’s son Neil Kirby, 63, where the ceremony took place.

Best man Neil said, “They had a fantastic day - everybody was so happy for them.

“After the ceremony they posed for pictures, before we had canapes and a glass of bubbly.

“We did the speeches before the meal, which was a wonderful lunch picked by Doreen, and then had a little bit more wine.

“It was a wonderful day - I’ve been part of over 2000 weddings and this was definitely the best - alongside my own, of course.”

He added, “They went up to their suite quite early, so after they ordered some tea, I went up to see how they were getting on.

“I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the ‘do not disturb’ sign hanging on the door.”

To find out more about George and Doreen’s special day, click here.

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