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Divorced pensioners marry for second time 49 years on

Two pensioners who met in 1964 have remarried 18 years after their divorce.

Sixty-nine year old Valeria Pock and 82 year old Gyorgy Bogyay met and married 49 years ago and had a daughter.

Gyorgy moved to the UK in 1957, fleeing the revolution of the previous year in his homeland of Hungary. He put an advert in a Hungarian newspaper stating that he was looking for a wife and Valeria replied.

She was living in the Yugoslav Republic when they became pen pals, according to the Daily Mail.

“We were writing to each other about a year and a half,” Valeria said. “He asked me if I would like to marry him and I said yes, so he sent me a one-way ticket to come to England.”

The couple eventually drifted apart, according to Valeria, and they divorced in 1982. Both had subsequent relationships which did not work out. They were then reunited in the early 1990s when Gyorgy fell ill. He had an operation but had no-one to look after him. Valeria said:

“Ever since then we have been living under the same roof but in separate bedrooms not like man and wife. It has worked very well.”

The pair moved to Plymouth six years ago to be closer to their daughter, and two months ago Gyorgy asked Valeria whether she still had her original wedding ring.

“I said no. So he went out and got one and when he brought it home it fitted me. When I put the ring on I said, half-joking, half-serious, ‘Well now I’ve got the ring we’ll have to get married again’. He got very serious and we decided “Why not?’”
Gyorgy said:

“I was always really in love with her, I could not love any other woman but her. I thought if we got married it would be a miracle. Now the miracle has happened.”
The couple are now planning to write a book about their life.


Photo by Vladimir Yaitskiy via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

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