These 89-year-old lovebirds are tying the knot after dating nearly 72 years ago.
George Coffin and Irene Lanning were just 14 years old when they met and fell in love. The pair from Sutton Coldfield in the UK drifted apart and even went on to marry other partners, but they’ve found their way back to each other, reports The Daily Mail.
Their love story began in 1942 – at the time of World War II – when they went on a few dates and spent time in George’s garden, where she would knit while he fixed radios.
Fate brought them back to together at the funeral of a mutual friend. They met again and caught up over a cup of tea, and the rest, as they say, is history.
It took George all of six months to decide to pop the question and they’re set to marry later this month.
“We are both very happy to have found each other again,” the retired production engineer gushed about his future wife.
“I asked her to marry me very quickly. But at our age you can't afford to hang around.”
And it seems Irene can’t wait either! “He's still as handsome as he ever was, and we get on like a house on fire,” she said.
“His hair might be white now, but he has the same smile and sense of humour that I loved when we were younger.”
“It was a wonderful surprise when he called me. I didn't think he would bother,” she added.
“I picked up the phone and said, ‘Who's this?’, and he replied, ‘It's your old boyfriend’. “
“I never thought we would end up getting married. It’s a fairy tale really,” Irene told Celebrity Magazine.
According to The Sun, the two have 12 grandchildren between them – and both their families are supportive of their plans to marry.