He said: “If you work at a relationship you can keep it going.She’s always looked after me and I’ve always looked after her.A couple in their 80s have got married ...after dating for 44 years.Colin Dunn, 84, and bride Sally Smith, 82, first met in 1972 when she worked behind the bar of the social club that he visited every weekend after work.“But we kept on saying, ‘it’ll be next year, it’ll be next year’ - we were happy as we were.” Finally, after four children, 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, the pair decided to take getting married seriously.Colin said: “Just before last Christmas I lost my brother Harold and shortly before that I lost my eldest brother too.
“We were going through a bit of trouble and we started thinking what if this happened to one of us? “We had a beautiful cake at the reception but the highlight for me was actually getting married.” Colin added: “It was beautiful. There were lots of people there to help us celebrate.
“We decided we wanted to be man and wife.” The pair, from Leeds, finally tied the knot at St Mary’s Church in Middleton, Leeds, and went back to the place where they first met for a meal after the ceremony. Everything went like clockwork.” Colin said he loved Sally now just as much as he did when they first met.
Colin, a retired lorry driver, recalled: “Sally used to serve me every weekend when I’d go in after work. Eventually, I asked her out .” Read more: Family pay £20k for dead bride to marry their son in 'ghost wedding' The couple had been married before and Sally had four children - the youngest just four-years-old - when the pair decided to move in together.
Colin said: “Marriage never entered my head at that point.
Now over four decades later they have celebrated their wedding with over 100 friends and relatives in the same Middleton Social Club in Leeds, West Yorks.
Sally said their relationship ‘snowballed’ - although they only got engaged last year.