Bert and Sue Hamilton, who have both celebrated their 100th birthdays, believe they may have set a new Guinness World Record for being the oldest married couple in Britain.
The couple have been married for more than 60 years and live together in a sheltered housing complex in Ynysybwl, near Pontypridd.
Mr Hamilton served with the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. At the end of the war, he began working as an interpreter for the German Prisoners of War.
Bert then set up his own barber shop, serving the locals of Pontypridd for many years, following the footsteps of his father.
Mrs Hamilton also held a role in the forces as an ATS Sergeant cook. She acted as a locum cook for wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
The couple met after the war when Sue brought her son to Bert’s barber shop.
He says the secret to the couple’s longevity is: “co-operation, working together and [Sue] spending my money”
Speaking to ITV Wales Kate Jones‘ he added “she’s the boss, she’s in charge”
The Hamiltons’ are both proud members of the Ynysybwl branch of the Royal British Legion. They’re hoping to receive a third telegram from the Queen when they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary later this year.
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough’s First Citizen said: “They are a loving couple who are two very proud residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf.”
The Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Councillor Simon Lloyd said:
“It is one of the nicest parts of the role of Mayor, to meet residents and celebrate the landmarks in their life with them.”
A spokesperson for the Guinness Book of Records has said that there are no records of an older couple in Britain.
Do you know a couple older than Bert and Sue Hamilton?