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Pensioners marriage is a rush job

PUBLISHED: 17:54 28 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:00 03 March 2010

A COUPLE from Suffolk are to tie the knot after a nine-month romance – at a combined age of 175.

James Baldwinson, 88, and Joan Pointon, 87, from Elmswell, will wed at nearby Stowmarket Registry Office.

A COUPLE from Suffolk are to tie the knot after a nine-month romance – at a combined age of 175.

James Baldwinson, 88, and Joan Pointon, 87, from Elmswell, will wed at nearby Stowmarket Registry Office.

James, who said he would have gone down on one knee if he did not suffer from rheumatism, said: "When you get to our age you don't know how much longer you will have, so we just want to be happy.

"Neither of us thought it would turn out like this but now we plan to make the most of the time we have together.

"I cannot quite believe it has all happened. After my wife died I thought I would always be a widower, but as soon as I saw Joan I knew she was the one. It was certainly love at first site for me.''

Joan, a retired bookkeeper, and James, a former manufacturing supervisor, share a deep love of music and come from London. Joan used to live in north London and James from the Old Kent Road area.

After being introduced by their sheltered housing complex manager they found they loved spending time so much together they could not bare to be apart.

Joan, who is looking forward to many holidays together, said: "We just want to be together and the best way to do that is to get married.

"We are just as surprised as everyone, as I never thought I'd be getting married again, not at my age. Our families are very happy for us.''

Samantha Wyatt, estate manager at Hanover Court in Elmswell, introduced the pair.

She said: "I am so thrilled. They are a lovely couple, so kind and generous and totally in love.

"There's a real buzz here and for a lot of residents the news was a bolt from the blue.''

The couple, who have both been widowed and have children from their other marriages, are marrying next week. Afterwards they are planning a small reception for delighted family and friends.


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