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Centenarians reveal secret to 80-year marriage

Maurice Kaye is 102. His wife Helen is 101. And the pair have been married for 80 years.

That's the same number of years as the life expectancy of males in Singapore. Imagine that.

The UK couple got hitched in 1934, and have stayed together through World War II and the death of two of their four children.

The pair met when 16-year-old Helen was helping out at her parents' shop. Mr Kaye's father had wanted to sell goods to the store. They dated for four years before tying the knot.

Mr Kaye managed his father's factory and London shops before enlisting as a volunteer physical training instructor in the army in 1939, reported BBC.

He was later sent home on compassionate leave when his factory, shops and homes were destroyed in the war.

The couple moved from London to Bournemouth, where they still live today.

Here's their secret to staying together.


Are you still in love?

Mrs Kaye: "We are very tolerant of each other and we do love each other."

"You mustn’t be hard on each other. And if you have to give in a little bit, you give in a little bit."


Is it luck or is it fate?

Mrs Kaye said: "You can never plan anything. How can you plan for 80 years? It is fate."


What was attractive about him?

Mrs Kaye said: "He had a car and in those days not very many people had cars, which made him interesting."

"They took his last car away when he was 100 years old - we still haven't forgiven anyone for that!"


So, what's the secret to a long-lasting marriage?

Mr Kaye said: "The most useful thing is that as long as I agree with her, then I’m safe. I didn’t think it would last a week but it’s amazing it’s lasted 80 years."

Mrs Kaye said: "It's been a wonderful marriage - if I knew the secret to a happy marriage I would bottle it and sell it. We have battled our way through life - it's been hard work and not without tragedy but we've had so many good moments together too."

"It works because we just have the same sense of humour - we just laugh at the same things," she added.

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