ONS figures point to a rise in older people marrying

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, the number of marriages has begun to rise after almost thirty years of decline, with a significant number of male pensioners and women in their late 50s deciding to tie the knot.

The number of men aged over 60 who have decided to marry has risen by 6.3 per cent whilst the number of women marrying aged between 55 and 59 has increased by 6.9 per cent.

Whilst a large proportion of these numbers are from older people marrying for the second time, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of people deciding to marry after a lifetime of living together.

A statistician from the Office of National Statistics, Elizabeth McLaran, said: “It may be that these people have been in long-term relationships but decided to tie the knot near retirement.

“There has been a trend for people to delay marriage and also a rise in the number of cohabiting adults.

“While the number of remarriages has been falling [generally] in recent years, it appears that for those aged over 45 they have gone up.”

A total of 10,780 men aged over 60 and 1,070 women aged between 55 and 59 got married in 2011.

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