Oldest couple to marry: Eastbourne couple breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
LONDON, UK -- Eastbourne couple Doreen and George Kirby have broken a Guinness World Records record, and have become the oldest couple to marry-aggregate age, with a combined age of 194 years 280 days on their wedding day, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Eastbourne couple Doreen and George Kirby have broken a Guinness World Record, and have become the oldest couple to marry with a combined age of 194 years 280 days on their wedding day. Photo: AFP (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the Oldest married couple, aggregate age, was set by Karl Dølven (Norway, b. 31 August 1897) married Gudrun Haug (Norway, b. 14 October 1900) at Hole, Norway, on 4 June 1927. They remained married until Gudrun's death on 24 April 2004. At this time Gudrun was aged 103 years 193 days and Karl was 106 years 237 days - an aggregate age of 210 years 65 days .
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Longest marriage was set by Herbert Fisher (USA, b. 10 June 1905, d. 27 February 2011) and Zelmyra Fisher (USA, b. 10 December 1907, d. 20 February 2013), who were married on 13 May 1924 in North Carolina, USA. They had been married 86 years, 290 days as of 27 February 2011, when Mr Fisher passed away. George Kirby and Doreen Luckie hit the headlines across the globe when they married at the Langham Hotel, Eastbourne, in June this year on George's 103rd birthday.
The couple beat the previous record which was held by François Fernandez - born in France in 1906 - and Madeleine Francineau - born in 1907 also in France - who married at the age of 95 years 290 days, and 94 years 201 days respectively. The combined age between the couple at the time of their wedding was a record 190 years 126 days.
Proud groom George Kirby, 103, described how he proposed to his new bride Doreen Luckie, 91, on Valentine's Day. Remembering the moment he asked the new Mrs Kirby to be his wife, he said: "I didn't get down on one knee, because I don't think I would have been able to get back up."
The newlyweds have seven children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren between them and, on the day their record was announced, the first child of Mr Kirby's grandson was born who was named George after his record-breaking great-grandfather.