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Wednesday, 13 February, 2002, 22:24 GMT
Couple say: 'It's good to talk'
Constance and Walter Clasper
Constance and Walter Clasper are still romantic
A couple who have won the title of "Britain's happiest couple" have revealed their recipe for a successful long-lasting relationship.

Constance and Walter Clasper - who have been together for 65 years - attended an award ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel.

The couple, from Castletown, near Sunderland, say romance and sharing, but above all talking, are the secrets of a happy marriage.

They will now celebrate their win with a romantic Valentine's Day in Paris.


Everyone said we were far too young but 65 years later we've proved them all wrong

Constance Clasper

Mrs Clasper, 82, said: "We have talked every problem through ever since we were married."

"Talking and communication are the key and keeping on loving each other. No-one should be scared to say 'I love you'."

"We love each other today as much as we did when we first met," added Mr Clasper.

"I tell her I love her every day."

The threat of war loomed over Europe as Mr Clasper married his then 18-year-old bride in 1937.

Letters and photgraphs
The couple kept letters they sent to each other during wartime

He was called up to the Durham Light Infantry in 1940 and taken prisoner of war in north Africa in 1942.

The couple were apart for three years and kept in touch with love letters and photographs.

After the war, Mr Clasper returned to England and the couple went on to have four children and are now grandparents of seven.

The award was sponsored by Premier Christian Radio, which wanted to find Britain's happiest married couple to coincide with National Marriage Week this week.

Mrs Clasper said: "Everyone said we were far too young but 65 years later we've proved them all wrong."

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