Grandad aged 104 to walk down the aisle and into the Guiness World Record book

Barry and Sally-Ann Willet with grandfather George Atkinson. Picture: Jay Giles.

Barry and Sally-Ann Willet with grandfather George Atkinson. Picture: Jay Giles. - Credit: Archant

A 104-year-old is hoping to enter the record books as the oldest person to give a bride away at a wedding.

George Atkinson walked granddaughter Sally-Ann down the aisle at Thaxted Church on Saturday (December 5) and gave the bride to her new husband Barry Willett.

He now hopes to walk into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sally-Ann asked her grandfather, who lives in Swaffham, to give her away after her father Roy passed away in 2008. She said it felt “natural” for her grandfather to walk her down the aisle.

The couple, who held their reception at Elsenham Golf Club, met five years ago when Barry, 42, was working as a salesman and went to see 41-year-old Sally-Ann’s manager.


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They will travel around New Zealand for their honeymoon.

A spokesman for the Guinness World Records said: “Guinness World Records can confirm that we have received an application and we’re awaiting the evidence to be submitted so we can verify their claim.

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“This is a new record category and have set a minimum age of 97-years-old.”

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