Couple mark 62 years of wedded bliss

George and Joyce Prout celebrated 62 years of marriage on May 31, 2014. SUS-140306-130541001
George and Joyce Prout celebrated 62 years of marriage on May 31, 2014. SUS-140306-130541001

People said it wouldn’t last but George and Joyce Prout have proved them all wrong as they celebrated an incredible 62 years of wedded bliss last week.

The pair, who both served as police officers in Eastbourne and Hailsham during their careers, were wed after just 17 weeks of dating but are still going strong more than six decades later, defiant of the doubts of friends and family members.

George and Joyce grew up in different parts of the UK but met in the capital when they worked for the police force in Elephant and Castle - an area that later hosted their wedding in 1952.

They chose to spend their honeymoon in Lowestoft, Suffolk, after Joyce had received such wonderful care there before when she was recovering from a period of illness.

The second time round, just after becoming husband and wife, they were lucky enough to receive the same care and attention that made the place so special to them in the first instance.

To celebrate their golden 50th wedding anniversary, the couple enjoyed an unforgettable trip to Norway that was the result of years and years of saving up.

George and Joyce, who are now 83 and 90 respectively, marked their 62nd anniversary on May 31, 2014 in slightly less extravagant fashion with a strawberry cake at Bowes House Care Home in Hailsham, where they both live.

Unfortunately, Joyce was too poorly to do much else but George said, “The fact we are still together now is a celebration in itself.”

When asked what the key is to a happy, healthy and long marriage, George added, “Always saying ‘yes dear’”.

Bowes House Care Home is a 90-bed home in Battle Road, Hailsham, that opened in June 2013 and offers short respite stays, full-time nursing and residential care.

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