TRIBUTES have been paid this week to 101-year-old Wally Postings - one half of the country's longest married couple.

Wally, a resident at the Tudor Lodge care home in Burnham, died peacefully in hospital on November 19 just hours after a visit from his wife Beatrice.

The Weekly News reported in March how Wally and Beatrice, also aged 101 and known as Pete, had become Britain's longest married couple after 80 years of wedded bliss.

Contrary to reports elsewhere, Chris Arnold, Tudor Lodge manager, confirmed Beatrice was not by Wally's side when he died but did visit him in hospital hours earlier.

Wally's funeral was held at Weston Crematorium last Thursday (November 26), and donations from the day went to the Sounds and Voices charity.

Chris also paid tribute to Wally, father to Pam and Terry, and a great-great grandfather, who he described as a “lovely man”.

He said this week: “Wally was an extremely warm hearted man and a loving husband to Pete. He will be missed by us all at Tudor Lodge and fondly remembered for his kind nature and determination to stay active until the end.”

Back in March, Wally's daughter Pam Blake told the Weekly News: “I don't know how they have managed to stay together for so many years but they truly love each other. I am so proud of them both.”