Matlock couple are set for 80th wedding anniversary

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Two Matlock lovebirds, who are believed to be the oldest married couple in the UK, are to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary this year.

Monty Turberville, 105, and his wife Ivy, who turns 101 later this month, are to reach the impressive landmark on September 23.

The couple, who met as teenagers in Holloway, now reside at Valley Lodge car home, in Matlock, where they have lived for the last five years.

Ivy said: “Monty used to ride motorcycles with my two brothers and that’s how we met. I suppose it was love at first sight really.”

Monty grew up in Flash Dam, near Two Dales, while Ivy lived near Riber Castle, Matlock.

He worked as a lorry driver and she worked at Lea Mills.

The couple married at Holloway Church in September 1933, when Ivy was 21 and Monty was 25. They honeymooned in Mablethorpe, near Skegness, for one week.

Ivy said: “I’m not sure what the secret to such a long marriage is. Just stay together, through good and bad. Which is easy for us two as it’s been a near 80 years of happiness.”

During World War Two, Ivy worked at Johnson’s Mill packing, while Monty worked as a lorry driver for the same firm.

After the war, the couple, who never had children, moved from Two Dales to Portland Grange where they ran a farm.

They then built a bungalow on their farm and called it The Spinney – where they lived until Monty was 100.