- George Coffin and Irene Lanning dated for three years since 1942
- But, George wanted to spread his wings so he dumped Irene
- Now, 72-years later, the couple made it back to each other and decided to make it official
Childhood sweethearts George Coffin and Irene Lanning finally tied the knot 72-years after he dumped her.
George and Irene dated when they were 14-years-old, the relationship lasted three years before they went their separate ways.
Both George and Irene got married to other people, but sadly their spouses passed away.
George and Irene, from Sutton Coldfield, re-kindled their relationship when they met up last year. According to The Sun, Irene sent George a message at the funeral of a mutual friend.
And, six months later he popped the question. The couple finally exchanged vows at a ceremony at Blackwood Methodist Church in Streetly, West Midlands.
Briefly.co.za gathered the 70 of their closets friends and family attended the ceremony to witness the union.
Irene was over the moon after she finally married her childhood sweetheart: “I'm so pleased to have become Mrs Coffin. I'm going to change my name.”
She said she was really upset when she and George broke off their relationship 72-year-ago, adding it was a dream come true to marry him.
The couple began dating in 1942, but after three years together the now-grandfather of eight gave her “the boot”.
"It was George who told me we should end it. My parents really liked him and his parents liked me so I think everyone was upset when it ended. We used to have a great laugh just spending time with each other. He was a very keen cyclist and I would join him on some of the rides, particularly if it was nice and sunny.”, Irene recalled.
George, who said he did not know what he was thinking when he ended their relationship, said he wanted to spread his wings more.
The retired production engineer went on to marry his first wife, with whom he was together with for 65-years before she died.
Irene, a grandmother of four, was married twice, but both her husbands passed away.
The newlyweds re-kindled their romance after Irene asked a mutual friend to say hi from her, she then invited George over for tea at her home.
They said I do just a few months after that. Both describe their wedding day as the best day of their lives, adding it is wonderful to be married to each other after all those years.
“Our wedding day was fantastic and we can’t wait to start our lives together as man and wife.”, George said about his marriage to Irene.
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