Newlyweds-to-be, aged 87 and 97
Henry Kerr and Valerie Berkowitz
Proving that you are never too old to find love, Henry Kerr, 97, and Valerie Berkowitz, 87, are marrying at Sunridge Court residential home in Golders Green on Sunday.
The couple became friendly at the home through Mr Kerr's poetry reading circle. They soon realised that they shared many friends from their days in South Africa. Mrs Berkowitz had been a teacher at King David School in Johannesburg and Mr Kerr managed 200 cinemas across South Africa for the Rank Organisation.
The proposal was first made over a cup of tea. "She was bewildered and overcome and said she would have think about it," Mr Kerr recalled. "It became quite a joke. I kept asking her and eventually she said yes." The bride had previously been married for more than 60 years, and Mr Kerr for over 70 years.
"These were both long and happy marriages to look back on and it's hard to replace that happy memory," Mrs Berkowitz said.
The wedding will be a small affair. "Just all the Sunridge residents and a group of family and friends", with Rabbi Kathleen Middleton officiating.
As both have children living in America, the celebrations will continue when family members visit the UK.
Sunridge Court manager Pamela Darroux is delighted by the union. "They are very much in love and it has done them a great deal of good."