- Doreen and Andrew were married for 53 years
- They endured racism in the UK, but their love overcame it
- Doreen sadly passed away recently
A mixed race couple in the United Kingdom had a long and happy marriage despite enduring racism.
Doreen and Andrew first met in 1956 when Andrew emigrated to the UK from the Dominican Republic, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to Channel 4, Andrew described their first encounter as "love at first sight." He said, "I think from the very first week I saw her, I knew I was in love with her."
The couple immediately noticed that public perceptions of their relationship were hostile. Andrew explained:
It was a hard time because in those days people used to say, 'No blacks, no Irish, no dogs.'
However, they realised just how bad it was when Doreen fell pregnant with their first child. Her elder sister even suggested that she should give the child away.
Doreen kept her baby and stuck by Andrew despite heavy resistance from her family, especially her mom. The two went on to have a 53-year marriage.
Sadly, Doreen had a heart operation a few years ago and was never the same afterwards. Recently, she was admitted in hospital after a septic infection and passed away with Andrew by her side.
Andrew said life without her is lonely. However, he cherishes the time he spent with her. The two proved that love is powerful and can indeed overcome racism.
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