Emsworth octogenarians tie the knot at last

16/11/2013 (EB)''Long time contributor to The News Letters page Doug Barlow (85) who got married to Jill Smith (81) at Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth on Saturday evening.''Pictured is: Doug Barlow (85) with his wife Jill Barlow (nee Smith) (81).''Picture: Sarah Standing (133153-7794)
16/11/2013 (EB)''Long time contributor to The News Letters page Doug Barlow (85) who got married to Jill Smith (81) at Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth on Saturday evening.''Pictured is: Doug Barlow (85) with his wife Jill Barlow (nee Smith) (81).''Picture: Sarah Standing (133153-7794)

THEY describe themselves as ‘recycled teenagers’ and there was certainly the look of young love about them when two octogenarians wed.

Retired Royal Navy lieutenant commander Doug Barlow married 81-year-old Jill Smith on Saturday – his 85th birthday.

The pair were joined by family and friends to mark the romantic occasion at The Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth, after 17 years together.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” said 
Mr Barlow.

“We sang, danced, and had a jolly good knees-up. I’d been on my own since I divorced in 1965, so it’s my 
second marriage in 
62 years.

“I joked in my wedding speech that I’m beginning to make a habit of this getting married business.”

The happy couple met on a singles holiday 17 years ago and Mrs Barlow, of Main Road, Emsworth, puts their compatibility down to their shared sense of humour.

“We laugh together throughout the day,” she said. “That’s so important. The wedding was splendid, absolutely fabulous.

“I feel different since getting married.”