This year,five sisters from Harefield have clocked up a total of 250 years of marriage. Reporter BARBARA FISHER went to the Burnham home of one of them, Edna Brown, and her husband, Clive, to talk to her and her siblings about their impressive record and to look back on the lives of all five.
FIVE sisters, all brought up at the greengrocer's shop in Harefield. The first gets married in 1954, followed over the next 10 years by her four sisters.
That may be unusual enough, but for all five marriages to survive so that, by 2008, the siblings have 250 years of marriage between them - that has got to be some kind of statistical record.
The greengrocer's shop in question was run by the girls' parents, Frank and Alice Mercer, for almost 30 years.
Their grandparents, Harry and Margaret Mercer, were the lock keepers at Black Jack's lock on the Grand Union Canal until 1955, and their uncle George lived at Black Jack's Mill for many years with his wife, Marjorie, who sang in the choir in the village church.
Hilda, now 77, Brenda, 75, Edna 73, Stella, 70 and Barbara 64 - who have been married to Dennis Eason, Wally South, Clive Brown, Gerry Guest and
Reg Webb, for 52, 54, 51, 49 and 44 years respectively - were all married at St Mary's Church, Harefield, by the same vicar, The Rev Dennis Connor.
The girls went to Harefield Infant School and belonged to the village Brownies, then three moved on to Bishopshalt School in HiIlingdon and two sisters went to Pitman's Secretarial College.
The sisters married at a time when the institution was just that: it was the norm, and forever through sickness and in health meant what it said.
But in the decades since, unlike the ever fluctuating hemline, the divorce rate has gone steadily up and wedded bliss has declined. What keeps not one but five marriages from one family intact?
Mrs Brown said it probably boils down to the sisters' modest roots and a loving upbringing.
She said: "I'd like to think it's a result of our parents attitude to us and to life, and their emphasis on loyalty, love and care and a sense of belonging.
"We were in a large family and we had to have a good relationship, but we came from a very humble background.
"I remember washing in the dining room in a bowl in front of the fire, then we'd wash our socks and school blouse in the same water."
She continued: "In the war mum was petrified of the air raids and dad, who was a fireman in Harefield, would pop back and check we were all right.
"Being in retail as a greengrocer a lot of bartering went on, swapping meat for vegetables and so on."
The strong link between the siblings is something they still value and they always remember what their mother said three weeks before she died: "I don't mind what you get up to as long as you stay together and don't fall out."
The sisters and their husbands believe in keeping fit and are keen golfers, with the exception of Barbara and Reg who prefer swimming. They all love walking.
Their last get together, before a joint summer holiday, was for Stella's 70th birthday, at the home she shares with Gerry in Christchurch, Dorset, when they all went back to the house to look through old family photos which had belonged to their mother.
The holiday last month to celebrate their 'big 250' took place at London's world famous Hilton Hotel.
When the hotel management heard of the reason for the stay they immediately upgraded the lot of them.
This was a long way from the experience of Edna and Clive's honeymoon when they stayed in a static caravan costing £4 for the week.
"We were in Rye near Hastings, and though we had told no one we were newly weds, we were congratulated and given a basket of strawberries the next day on the site," said Clive.
"When we asked how they knew, they said I had confetti hanging out of my top pocket when we arrived."
Between them the sisters gave birth to 12 children, and have 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild, and they are clearly a great advert for marriage and family life.