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88 Years of wedded bliss

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Less than one month after celebrating their 108th and 101st birthdays, Bradford’s most loved-up couple reached their latest milestone last week.

88 years ago on Wednesday 11th December, Mr Karam Chand and his soon-to-be wife, Kartari, officially tied the knot in India.

Now, after settling in Bradford more than 40 years ago, the couple are celebrating what is widely regarded to be the longest marriage in the world, spanning through more than ten decades; the 1920’s to 2010’s.

FAMILY: Karam Chand and his wife, Kartari, will be celebrating their 88th anniversary this weekend, pictured here with their son, Paul Chand

FAMILY: Karam Chand and his wife, Kartari, will be celebrating their 88th anniversary this weekend, pictured here with their son, Paul Chand

With eight children, 27 grand children and more than ten great-grandchildren the couple have family in all corners of the world, including many still residing in Bradford.

Paul Chand, just one of the couple’s children, owns the Castle Pub in the city centre, and will be hosting a party to celebrate his parents’ marriage this weekend.

On Sunday 15th December, from 2pm, a party will be held in the pub for the couple, whilst also doubling up as a fundraiser for victims of the recent Glasgow helicopter crash.

Speaking previously to the Asian Express, Mr Chand explained why he believes his mother and father have enjoyed such a prosperous marriage.

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.

“It is always fantastic to have my mum and dad living happily together and seeing that in person is really special.

“Parents are like gold,” he added. “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.”

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