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Centenarian couple try for Guinness slot

india Updated: Jan 20, 2008 21:26 IST
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A centenarian couple from a little village in Himachal Pradesh is making a spirited bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest surviving pair, even as the clock ticks on.

Thakur Pyara Singh (104) and Hansa Devi (101), married for 84 years now, approached Guinness when one of the pair recognised as the oldest living couple died four months after the 83rd wedding anniversary in the US last year.

However, the record entry is still that of John Rocchio and Emelia married on February 10, 1923 in Rhode Island. Emilia died in 2006.

Born on January 5, 1904, Singh married Hansa Devi on May 23, 1924 at Kot Patiala village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh.

He has been an army pensioner for over 65 years besides having fought World War II under the British and the couple has three sons, two daughters and a family strength of 81.

The family approached Guinness but repeated attempts yielded little results. "I sent relevant details about my parents to the record office in London," his son Bishambhar Rana said over phone from Dharamsala.

In a letter dated May 26, 2007, Guinness asked the couple to "fax necessary details to number +44 (0) 2073875098 and wait for a response", he said. The wait is yet not over.