Happy 209th Birthday
Bradford’s most famous husband and wife team were honoured last weekend as four generations of the Chand family arrived in the city for birthday celebrations.
Mr Karam Chand (108), and his wife of more than 87 years, Kartari (101), held a ‘joint-party’ in the city to celebrate their birthdays on Sunday 16th November.
Eldest son, Dr Sodhi Ram, a professor at the Punjab University, travelled all the way from India with his wife to partake in the events which were held at the family home in Girlington, Bradford.
With eight children, 27 grand children and more than ten greatgrandchildren the couple met as teenagers in their home country of India, before moving to Bradford more than 40 years ago.
Paul Chand, another of the couple’s sons, helped organise the party and spoke of how proud he was to have such ‘amazing parents and family’.
“I am always very proud of my mum and dad and know that we are very lucky to have them,” he said.
“We always said we will keep our mum and dad stress free so they don’t have to worry about anything at all and that is exactly what we do. They looked after us all for so long so now it is our time to look after them.”
He added: “Saturday was amazing. To see four generations and three fathers sat together on the sofa was lovely and it is fantastic to have my mum and dad living happily and seeing that.”
The world’s longest married couple will be celebrating again next month as their 88th wedding anniversary arrives on Wednesday 11th December.
More celebrations will be planned to commemorate yet another momentous occasion and Paul believes the key to their long lives is the love and care which surrounds the family.
“Parents are like gold,” he explained. “You have to look after them because they are so important to each and every one of us. I would ask everyone to take extra care of their parents as they age and look after them, rather than sending them to a home.”