Ernest and Iris Balliger marking their 70th wedding anniversary. See SWNS story SWHANDS; A loving couple celebrating their 70th anniversary have revealed the secret to their remarkably lengthy marriage – HOLDING HANDS. Iris and Ernest Balliger were pictured holding hands on their wedding day in 1945, and have made time to grasp each other every day since. Iris, 95, met her future husband Ernest, now 93, on the day of his 21st birthday, when they were both working on repairing a radar installation at RAF Barkway in Hertfordshire in 1943. The couple fell in love and got married on May 26, 1945, and posed for the lovely picture outside the church in Nottingham, holding hands. Iris, 95, said: “When we met there were four of us girls and we were told that four boys were coming in.