Honiton couple with combined age of 162 tie the knot

PUBLISHED: 11:37 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:37 03 June 2016

David Heming, 83, and Jenny Carter, 79, at their Kilmington wedding

David Heming, 83, and Jenny Carter, 79, at their Kilmington wedding

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David Heming, 83, and Jenny Carter, 79, were wed at a packed Kilmington Baptist Church where they were first introduced to one another.

An East Devon couple with combined ages of 162 have married after a chance meeting.

David Heming, 83, and Jenny Carter, 79, were wed at a packed Kilmington Baptist Church where they were first introduced to one another.

In January last year, a ‘house-warming’ event was held at the newly-built church, called The Beacon. Pastor Darrell Holmes said it was really meant to be for the congregation only, to be followed a week later by an event open to the whole community.

“But one welcome intruder was David Heming, who came along as a friend of the congregation who attended church elsewhere,” he explained.

“And his unexpected visit led to an encounter with Jenny Carter.”

Mr Holmes said David, a widely admired retired professional woodwind and brass musician, was a widower who cared for his seriously ill wife for the last ten years of her life. Jenny had worked for many years for WEC, a Christian mission organisation, and had never been married, was long retired and wasn’t even looking for love. Both live in Honiton.

“Nevertheless, something special happened at that house-warming and the two of them began a journey into marriage,” continued Mr Holmes.

“As the 150 guests looked on at the wedding ceremony, they were reminded of the surprises that life can bring, and the delightful way in which God had brought this couple together.”


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