Eight decades of matrimony

Reg and Louisa Holdstock
Reg and Louisa Holdstock

ONE of the UK’s longest married couples has celebrated 78 years of matrimony.

Reginald Holdstock, 101, and his wife Louisa, 98, who live at Bethune Court in St Leonards, met in Di Marco’s Cafe, in Wellington Place in 1935, and were married in the same year at Emmanuel Church, in St Leonards, on November 27.

They have two sons and one granddaughter.

Eldest son Reg, 75, who lives in Hailsham, said: “They bought their house in Lower Glen Road new in 1935 when they got married, and lived there until nine years ago when they moved into the care home.”

As a young man, Reginald played in the roller hockey team on St Leonards Pier, then worked in communications during the Second World War, at Biggin Hill and then at the naval centre in Dover.

After the war, he worked for the post office until retiring in 1972.

Louisa had various caring and cleaning jobs over the years.

She was also a member of both the Women’s League of Health and Beauty and the Hastings and District St Raphael Club for the Disabled.

Britain’s longest married couple Wilfred and Ivy Turberville, aged 105 and 101 respectively, who live in Derbyshire, have been wed 80 years.