Pals who met at a Mansfield Woodhouse school nearly half a century ago have been named Britain’s Best Friends.
Yvette Price-Mear and Edwin Horne, both 53, first met at Robin Hood Primary in 1968, and have been inseparable ever since.
Their friendship has now been officially recognised by online bingo company, Tombola, which sponsor ITV’s daytime show Loose Women, where the pair were guests.
They were up against 12 shortlisted finalists, winning the hearts of the judges with their story regarding how they met, and the years following of support and caring for each over.
As well as winning the title, they are also treated to an experience day worth £500.
Mrs Price-Mear puts the pair’s enduring friendship down to a shared sense of humour: “You have to be able to laugh - and Edwin is hilarious.
“The other key to our friendship is that we are always there for one another.
“We are prepared to talk about anything, at any time, day or night.
“I’m thrilled to be the nation’s winners. It’s so nice that a man and a woman can be platonic friends all through their lives!”
Mr Horne said: “Yvette is usually laughing at me, rather than with me! We’ve been friends since we were six years old, so it’s really nice to get that recognition by winning the title. Yvette is like extended family to me – I even call her mum and dad ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’!”
Yvette spent many of her pre-school years in hospital with hip problems, and on their first day of primary school, Edwin volunteered to look after her.
They attended Manor Comprehensive together, and even now both help at the Pet Bereavement Support Group in Mansfield, which Yvette set up in 1993.
They see each other every day, and still live only 500 yards apart.