LONDON: A couple aged 76 and 79 said ‘I do’ for the second time on Saturday - 58 years after they first got married.

Ollie Ingram, 76, and Wills Holmes, 79, from Drayton Bassett tied the knot back in 1955 but broke up ten years later and then married new partners. But the couple met up at a family party 18 months ago when they were both widowed and rekindled their relationship.

They got married for the second time in a civil ceremony at a hotel in Tamworth, Staffs, using the exact same rings they bought at 17 for their first wedding. The grandparents walked down the aisle to the apt Barry White song ‘My first, my last, my everything’.

They were joined by 100 friends and family for the 30-minute ceremony - before enjoying a party with the music provided by a band rather than a gramophone like their first wedding.–GN

Speaking after they tied the knot on Saturday afternoon, Ollie said: ‘We didn’t want a normal wedding, we wanted it to be like a big party. That’s why there are no hats or ties, we just wanted our guests to come and enjoy the day. Our first wedding was a white church wedding but it was very simple because we couldn’t afford much.

‘There was only close family and a handful of friends and we had the reception with a gramophone playing the music. We were together for ten years and had two children but we had got married too young and it was our first proper relationship so things went wrong and we split up.

‘Wills remarried twice after me and I lived with a partner for 15 years before I got married again too. But I met up with Wills at a party my daughter from the second marriage was having around Christmas last year when we were both widowed.’ GN