A couple celebrated their 86th wedding anniversary yesterday and offered some words of advice.
Karam Chand, 106, who enjoys a daily cigarette and a regular tot of whisky, said: ‘Eat and drink what you want, but in moderation.’ The former mill worker added: ‘I have never held back from enjoying my life.’
While his 99-year-old wife Kartari is looking forward to getting her telegram from the Queen next year, she is conscious of the need to stay fit and healthy.
Happily ever after: Karam and Kartari Chand married in India in 1925 and moved to Britain in the Sixties
She added: 'We have always eaten good wholesome food, there's nothing artificial in our diet but things like ghee (clarified butter), milk and fresh yogurt are what we like.
'We know that being married for 86 years is a blessing, but equally we will be ready to go when it's time, it's all up to the will of God, but we really have lived a good life.'
The couple from Bradford, West Yorkshire, have eight children, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
They married in India in 1925 and moved to Britain in the Sixties.
'I have never held back from enjoying my life': Karam enjoys a daily cigarette and a regular tot of whisky
It is thought the couple could be the UK's longest married husband and wife.
Karam, who was born in a small rural village in northern India in 1905 kept with local custom of the time and married at a young age.
Katari was also born in the Punjabi district in 1912 and they married in typical Sikh ceremony in 1925.