100-year-old woman marries 74-year-old partner after 30 years in relationship and wheels down the aisle to ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'
A 100-year-old woman, Norah Witkiss, has finally tied the knot with her 74-year-old partner after dating for more than 30 years. A beaming Witkiss, dressed in red and black, wheeled down the aisle to ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' on Tuesday to get married to Malcolm Yates. Reports state that the veteran couple met on the dance floor at a modern sequence dancing class.
The couple's friends and family, nearly 30 in number, were present during their special occasion as they exchanged rings, in a 30-minute ceremony, after a three-decade-long relationship.
Here at The Beaches Hotel in Prestatyn for the wedding of 100-year-old Norah Witkiss and 74-yr-Old Malcolm Yates. The groom to be waits anxiously for his bride pic.twitter.com/5k4c6JH9Le— Kelly Williams (@DPDenbNews) October 16, 2018
Witkiss, now referred to as Mrs. Yates, said that the experience was wonderful: "To be a bride? Oh, it's beautiful. It's absolutely wonderful. Of course, it is worth the wait. I'd wait longer than that. There's nothing he wouldn't do for me. I couldn't do without Malcolm. He's special, very special," she said, according to the Mirror.
The couple reportedly wed at a hotel near their home in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales. Witkiss, a former school cook, was reportedly married twice before and widowed. She met Yates, a former bus driver, at a dance in the 1980s and the duo have been "together ever since". Reports state that Yates proposed to Witkiss earlier this year.
100-year-old Norah Witkiss 'excited' to wed Malcolm Yates, 74, after 30 years together 😍 https://t.co/khYqEMZwWd— Care Protect (@CareProtectLtd) October 16, 2018
Yates, talking about their first meeting, said: "We met at modern sequence dancing. I couldn't dance, but Norah was very good at it. She more or less taught me and helped bring me on. We went traveling a lot and would dance on holidays to Torquay."
"We liked the Cha-cha-cha the best. We're always out and about together," Yates added while talking about their time together.
When asked about the secret to her long and healthy life, Witkiss said that she likes being active. "I've had a very good life really, I've enjoyed it. I used to go out dancing with the girls. I liked it, especially if a chap picked you up," the centenarian said.
Yates, who admitted he was nervous ahead of the ceremony, said: "Norah is a good person, we go out every day and she likes talking to people."
Although the pair were keen dancers in their heydays, Yates admitted they wouldn't be able to manage the first dance for their wedding. The retired bus driver said: "Norah can't do the turns any more."
Witkiss added: "I used to be able to do and teach the dances but with getting older, I'll fall so I better not." The retired school cook, who ran the kitchen at Ysgol Penmorfa, said they will honeymoon at home. Asked what made them decide to get married now, Witkiss said: "Because I wanted to and I'm glad I have."
The mum-of-one was born in Wrexham in 1917.