Their Parents Made Them Split 65 Years Ago. Now, a Wedding

Love prevails for Helen Andre, 82, and Davy Moakes, 86
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2016 7:07 AM CST
Their Parents Made Them Split 65 Years Ago. Now, a Wedding
Congrats to the newlyweds.   (Katie Stoops Photography/ via AP)

Think it's not possible to feel like a teenager again when you reach your 80s? It's entirely possible, according to an English couple told to break off their engagement 65 years ago—and who finally got to tie the knot. "Even after all this time, it still feels the same," says Davy Moakes, 86, of new bride Helen Andre, 82. "It's just perfect," he tells the Sun. "It's just how it was." The couple met and fell in love in art school when Moakes was 21 and Andre was 16, but their pairing back then was not to be.

They got engaged in 1951, but Andre's mother apparently did not approve of an artist son-in-law and demanded they break it off, reports the BBC. The couple reunited after Andre found a sculpture by Moakes’ 57-year-old son, Adrian, in the small town where they'd first met. Moakes' second wife died 18 months ago, and Andre had recently become widowed for a third time. "I've loved him all my life," the new Mrs. Moakes says. Neither too old to marry nor too old to travel, the newlyweds opted for a two-week honeymoon in Cyprus. (A similar story recently unfolded in New Jersey.)

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