An extremely unusual event took place on October 18th of this year in a hotel in the Welsh town of Prestatyn, in Denbighshire.
Mrs. Nora Witkiss, who has just turned 100, legally married her longtime lover, Mr. Malcolm Yates.
The new Mrs. Yates is 26 years older than her husband. But the age difference doesn’t bother the “young at heart” couple at all. After all, they tested their feelings, nothing more and nothing less, for 38 years!
“I first saw Nora in 1980 when I arrived at a dance club. She was so beautiful and graceful and danced so well that I couldn’t help but admire her.
And then I asked her to waltz. After all, that was the only dance I knew at the time,” Malcolm recalls.
Nora also liked the gentleman and willingly took charge of teaching him dance steps. The couple’s favorite dance soon became the “Cha-cha-cha.”
Soon, Nora and Malcolm realized they were connected not only by dance but also by love.
But family happiness was still a distant dream. Malcolm proposed two years after they met. Nora didn’t seem to care much at the time.
However, interference from both sides’ parents hindered their happiness, and the marriage did not happen.
And now, with no one left to interfere, the long-awaited and joyous day for Nora and Malcolm arrived.
The 100-year-old bride was escorted to the impromptu altar, arranged in the lobby of the town’s finest hotel, in a wheelchair.
She wore an elegant black dress and a stylish little hat. “I didn’t wear a wedding dress or veil so as not to look ridiculous.
But even without a wedding dress, I felt so young. It’s as if I were only 20 years old,” confessed Nora.
Considering the considerable age of the newlyweds, the ceremony was rather modest. Instead of parents, it was attended by acquaintances and admirers of the “young at heart.”
Especially for the newlyweds, Malcolm requested to play the song “Dancing Queen” by the group ABBA. After all, that’s what Nora was called in the distant years of their acquaintance.
Age is no obstacle to happiness: a 100-year-old woman walks down the aisle for the 3rd time. The wedding made headlines in the UK and beyond, and journalists immediately dubbed it “an event of the 21st century.”
Let’s also wish the newlyweds good health and many years of happy married life!