The secret to lasting love? Never getting married, say the couple who have been engaged for 32 years

The secret to lasting love Never getting married, say the couple who have been engaged for 32 years

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16:41 GMT, 12 October 2012

George Brown and Glynis Johnstone have been madly in love since 1977.

The Scottish couple got engaged 32-years-ago in 1980 and believe that if they had ever married they would have gone their separate ways by now.

Instead George, 58, and Glynis, 55 who have two children Pamela, 23, and Alexandra, 17, are still happily dating and can’t wait to retire together.

George Brown, 58, and Glynis Johnstone, 55, say the secret to a long and happy relationship is to never marry after 32 years of engagement

George and Glynis at a friends wedding in 1978 shortly before their engagement

Scottish couple Glynis Johnstone and George Brown believe the secret to their long and happy relationship is never getting married. The couple have been together for 35 years and engaged for 32

Glynis, a clerk at Dundee City Council, said: 'It hasn't really bothered us that we have never married.

'There have been occasions where I’ve thought to myself that I’d like to finally be married, but to be honest more important stuff has always turned up.

'People keep asking me when I’m going to get married, but we must be doing something right as we’re still together.

'We’ve lasted much longer than most marriages, so it’s probably the fact we’ve not got done it that means we’re still here now.

George and Glynis pictured in Paris in 1984 when they had been engaged for four years

George and Glynis pictured in Paris in 1984 when they had been engaged for four years

George, a gardener at Dundee City Council, proposed to Glynis in the former Peazers Social Club on Dundee’s Union Street in May 1980 after he was made redundant as a caster and received a one off payment.

But before buying Glynis an engagement ring he nearly blew it all on an expensive carpet.

He said: 'I got made redundant in 1980 and I had all this money to spend, so I thought why not buy her a ring – but first things first, I bought a new carpet for us.

'I can still clearly remember the night I proposed. I was very nervous, but I’d had a few sherbets, so I suppose I was fine.

'The place was absolutely packed, they stopped the music and I got down on one knee and she said yes.'

Glynis added: 'We had been together for about three years at the time.

'All of a sudden I was pushed into the middle of the dancefloor and George got down on one knee and proposed to me. I was so embarrassed, but it was lovely.'

George has tried to set a wedding date a number of times since the proposal, but has never managed to see it through.

He said: 'I remember about 15 years ago Glynis’s brother was about to get married and I thought that might be a good time to ask again, so I suggested a double marriage.

'And you know what she said “You’re not spoiling my brother’s wedding!”.'

'But to be honest we’re quite happy the way we are. The longer it went on it’s just become normal to be engaged, it doesn’t really matter that we’ve never married.

'We think it’s quite nice just to live together as a couple and we’ve never really got round to settling a date for marriage.

'One thing or another would turn up and it would just take a back seat.

'We see our situation as a normal one, it doesn’t bother me. We’ve settled down, got two kids together and life’s good.'

George and Glynis have two children and although they are still happily 'dating' after 32 years they don't rule out the chance of tying the knot one day

George and Glynis have two children and although they are still happily 'dating' after 32 years they don't rule out the chance of tying the knot one day

But neither George nor Glynis would rule out the possibility that they could walk down the aisle sometime in the future.

George said: 'You never know. Perhaps when we are retired we will find the time to do it, but we just take each day as it comes.

'If it did happen though, it would certainly be a big one as everyone would want to come.

'We’ve got two big families and lots of friends so it would be a massive do.'

Glynis said: 'I did dream about getting married when I was a little girl, but things happen in life, something would always get in the way.

'But I would never say never.'

George has tried to set a wedding date a number of times since the proposal, but has never managed to see it through

George has tried to set a wedding date a number of times since the proposal, but has never managed to see it through