Ron and Joyce Bond marked their 81st wedding anniversary on January 4, claiming the distinction of Britain’s oldest married couple. They never anticipated to reach 81 years of marriage, they realize they are incredibly lucky to have reached this remarkable objective, Joyce, 100, expressed. She said, it feels fantastic! In their relationship, there is no boss; they both give and take.
Ron, 102, stated that life might be difficult at times, however they can get through it together. They also watch out for one another. They married when Ron was 21 and Joyce was 19, and they have seen 15 British prime leaders come and go since then.
They both feel they fell in love at first sight, despite the fact that their friends were initially displeased with the match and cautioned them that they wouldn’t be able to make it work. After meeting Joyce, Ron enlisted in the military during WWII.
Joyce is from Bow Brickhill in Milton Keynes, and he is from Blaina in Blaenau Gwent. They married in Newport Pagnell Register Office in January 1941, on a day when there was three inches of snow on the ground. There were lineups of couples since Ron’s section were all being transported away to help with the war effort, Joyce said of her wedding day.
Ron worked at a Shell garage in Bletchley before retiring, and his wife worked at Woolworths in Queensway. The couple moved to a retirement community in 2013. They have 2 kids together, Eileen and Bill. It was claimed of them at the time of their wedding that it would not endure long, their daughter, Eileen, recalled.
The Queen of England had already written to the couple in anticipation of their 80th wedding anniversary in 2021. The Queen stated that it’s delightful to read that your eightieth wedding anniversary will be on January 4, 2021. She hopes they enjoy this wonderful occasion.
The anniversary was celebrated this year with a cream tea at ExtraCare’s Shenley Wood Retirement Village in Milton Keynes. Ken Bruce paid homage to them on BBC Radio 2 at the request of their son, Bill. Eileen added that her parents are a genuinely amazing pair, not only to her brother and herself, but to their grandkids, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. One simply has to spend time with them to realize they love and care for each other, even after 81 years of marriage, she continued.