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2/1 a skinny price for a marriage to last 10 years? Newlyweds have £500 on

A recently-married Yorkshire couple have bet £500 that they will reach their tenth wedding anniversary.

Chris Elrick and Helen Moore of Oakworth were given the free bet by William Hill having initially contacted the bookmakers with a request for some company merchandise to use at their reception. They were decorating guests’ tables with various themes and wanted one to be horse-racing related.

The bet was placed at odds of 2/1, meaning the newlyweds will collect £1,500 if they last a decade.

Bride Helen explained that, although the couple go to the races together, it was her husband Chris who was the more serious punter: “We call him the John McCririck of the family,” she said. “He’s got an account with William Hill and reads up on all the horses. I just like getting dressed up for the day. He is the lucky one out of the two of us and he’s had some good wins.”

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