The perfect fit.
Fitting into your clothes from five decades ago and maintaining a happy marriage might sound difficult, but nothing is impossible – just ask Carole-Ann and Jim Stanfield. The elderly couple celebrated their 50th anniversary by wearing their original wedding outfits from 1966!
Mr and Mrs Stanfield – from Tamworth, Staffordshire – found their wedding dress and suit after their granddaughter Hayley visited and wanted to look through family photos. The 71-year-old Jim and his wife were shocked – and delighted – to discover that their outfits still fitted half a century later!
The couple last wore them on October 1, 1966. Carole-Ann says: “When Hayley discovered we still had our wedding outfits, she said we should try them on to see if they still fit. Jim went up and dug them out. Hayley insisted we put them on but I said no, they’d been in the loft and they were dusty and smelly. But she begged and pleaded so we did it for her – we were gobsmacked when we discovered they still fitted perfectly.”
Jim and Carole-Ann went to Malta to celebrate their honeymoon 50 years ago, and they are now planning a second one, in Turkey. The couple met in 1962, at the men’s club where Jim worked, and the rest is history.
So what’s the secret to a long and happy marriage? According to the Stanfields, it’s humor. Carole-Ann explains: “Jim loved my big blonde hair, and I loved his humor – he is such a comedian and always makes me laugh. I think that’s the key. We have very different interests and hobbies, but the laughter is what keeps us strong.”