London lovebirds get engaged at 88 and 92

By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, December 11, 2008

Two Jewish Blind and Disabled tenants have got engaged at the ages of 88 and 92.

Rose Massil and Laurie Lawrence celebrated with a party for over 80 friends and volunteers. “It’s been spoken about as the party of the year,” the bride-to-be said.

Both widowed, they live in the charity’s North London flats and first met five years ago when Mrs Massil’s son Philip invited Mr Lawrence to a Rosh Hashanah celebration.

“We chatted and about a fortnight later he phoned me and asked for a date,” Mrs Massil said. “I found it dead funny that someone my age gets a date.”

When Mr Lawrence proposed, he offered to buy Mrs Massil a ring. “We’re old enough to know better but we all like jewellery,” she recalled.

Jewish Blind and Disabled campaigns manager Sarah Nahome said the engagement “just goes to show it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still find love.”

A wedding date has yet to be set.

Last updated: 10:28am, December 11 2008