Indian couple oldest married pair living in UK

London: An Indian couple, who tied the knot in 1925, could be the oldest married husband and wife living in the UK, a media report said. Karam Chand, now 106, and his 99-year-old wife Kartari – both born in a village in Punjab – came to the UK from India in 1965 and have been living in Bradford since then, according to their passports.

They have just celebrated their 86th year together as a married couple, which they think may qualify them as the UK`s longest married husband and wife, the `BBC` reported.

Karam said there was no real secret to living a long married life. "Eat and drink what you want but in moderation. I have never held back from enjoying my life," he was quoted as saying. He smokes one cigarette a day before his evening meal and drinks a tot of whiskey or brandy three or four times a week. The Chands live with their youngest son Satpal, together with his wife and two of their four children.

Kartari is looking forward to getting a letter from the Queen later this year when she celebrates her 100th birthday, but is more cautious about staying fit and healthy. "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," she said.

However, Kartari said that some aspects of old age are really difficult. "My eldest son died and that was hard for us because you don`t expect to outlive your own children. We have seen many other close family members depart and that`s something we just have to live with," she said.