Elderly couple aged 81 and 90 set to become Britain's oldest newlyweds

The couple will tie the knot in January

Olivia Petter
Friday 15 December 2017 12:51 GMT
SWNS (Swindon Advertiser / SWNS.com)

An elderly couple are about to become the oldest newlyweds in the country.

Ted Wright, 90 and Joan Grant, 81, dated for 15 years after meeting through WHSmith, where the pair were both employed.

The couple will tie the knot in a small registry office ceremony in their hometown of Swindon, Wiltshire in January with just 20 guests in attendance.

Joan Grant and her husband-to-be Ted Wright (Swindon Advertiser / SWNS.com)

With a combined age of 171, the duo plan on taking a honeymoon after the wedding at Hayling Island in Hampshire and have invited 50 of their closest friends and family to join them, reports the Daily Express.

Bride-to-be Grant and Wright are both widowed and met on a retirement holiday for former WHSmith employees.

Joan Grant and her fiance Ted Wright (Swindon Advertiser / SWNS.com)

Their relationship began via long phone conversations where the couple would talk for hours on end.

However, it wasn’t until Grant invited Wright to her home for lunch on New Year’s Day that they officially started dating.

Given that it is not Grant’s first marriage, she has revealed that she won’t be wearing a white dress when she and Wright exchange vows.

Their first dance will be to Frank Sinatra’s “Second Time Around”.

Joan Grant and her fiance Ted Wright (Swindon Advertiser / SWNS.com)

While they had spoken about marriage for years prior to getting engaged, it wasn’t until Wright suffered from a stroke in 2015 that he decided to pop the question..

Grant explained that it was her kind and thorough care-giving skills that encouraged Wright to ask him to marry her.

While Grant never thought she’d marry again, she has revealed that she is thrilled to be getting married to Wright and is very much looking forward to the ceremony.

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